Sin­gu­lar Sen­sa­tions

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

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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.

94 points

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