Tiny Slovenia makes some unique wines, particularly on its western border with Italy, where the same grapes as in Italy’s Friuli region, including the popular ribolla gialla (known as rebula in Slovenia), are used. Two wineries stand out, writes James Suc
Movia Goriška Brda Puro 2009 A unique sparkling wine that is not disgorged and you have to disgorge yourself. It shows a very fine bead of bubbles. Medium to full body. Light bread dough and spice. Dried apple. Very intense and beautiful. Drink it. 94 points SIMCIC Goriška Brda rebula opoka 2011 Very ripe fruit in this white with phenolic texture more akin to a red. Full body, chewy and rich. Loads of dried lemon and peach character. Light orange peel. Very low sulphur. Caressing. Unique. Gets softer and softer on the palate with air. Like a pinot noir in the glass. Wow. Drink now.
96 points Movia Goriška Brda Lunar 9 2013 Incredibly dense and layered with so much richness and beauty. Ripe fruit yet bright and vivid. Full, so complex and fascinating. An energy and complexity of earth and fruit. Fermented with full berries in small used French oak barrels. Must decant before serving. Ribolla gialla.
97 points SIMCIC Goriška Brda Sauvignon BLANC opoka 2013 A rich and fruity wine with sliced apple and lemon character. Papaya. Full body, oily and flavourful. Drink now. 95 points Movia Goriška Brda Exto Gredi 2015 Very contrasty and intense with dried peach and ripe pear. Tangy and spicy. Medium to full body, dense and layered. Very intense and flavourful. Bread dough undertones. Friulano. Drink now.