Okay - here we go with info overload on the first wine of the evening!
The Society’s Slovenian White 2016
This wine is made for The Society by Dveri Pax near Maribor in Slovenia
The estate originated as vineyards tended by Benedictine monks almost 900 years ago, and the name Dveri Pax stem from two words – ‘dveri’ is Serbo-Croat for door, and ‘pax’ is Latin for peace – going through the door of peace leads you into the monastery.
While the vineyards are in Slovenia, the monks are in Austria (Graz) - borders were a little more fluid back in 1139!
When Slovenia regained independence from Yugoslavia, they were able to reclaim and rebuild their old vineyards investing considerable amounts of effort and money because the monks take an enviably long-term view and have good resources. A spanking new cellar was completed in 2007.
From 2001 when the new investment came on stream, Erich Krutzler (husband of Elin Pichler from top Austrian estate FX Pichler) took charge. Now the winery is in the very capable hands of Danilo Flakus.
There are now 73 hectares (180 acres) of vines within the 320 hectare estate spread over 12 vineyards within the Podravje wine region in north-east Slovenia, around the towns of Maribor, Radgone, Kapela and Jeruzalem.
11 grape varieties are grown, three of which (furmint,
are blended to make this wine.
Here is the furmint vineyard near Jeruzalem
This wine was blended jointly by Danilo, outgoing Eastern Europe buyer Sebastian Payne MW and his successor Freddy Bulmer. The resulting wine has the following tasting note on our website:
“The Alpine foothills round Maribor in north-east Slovenia have long been a source of brilliant white wines. This exclusive blend of furmint, pinot grigio and riesling shows why, with good body and style combined with an Alpine-fresh lightness of touch and a faint prickle on the palate.”