Zanut, Zakaj, Goriska Brda, 2016
"This wine both smells and feels a little like apple skins (was there some skin contact?) plus something blossomy on the nose. There is real substance and chew to this wine that seems substantial enough to enjoy with food as well as without.... Read More
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Grape VarietyFriulano, Sauvignonasse
Zanut Brda, Slovenia In November 2017, in true treasure-hunting SVS spirit, Simon went to Ljubljana for the 20th Slovenian wine festival, a chance to taste wine from all over this small country (about the size of Wales, with a population of two million). It was a revelation: whilst some of the red wines are problematic, the standard of the whites (which make up over 2/3 of Slovenian production),...Discover More
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Zanut, Zakaj, Goriska Brda, 2016
"This wine both smells and feels a little like apple skins (was there some skin contact?) plus something blossomy on the nose. There is real substance and chew to this wine that seems substantial enough to enjoy with food as well as without. Bone-dry finish. No desperate hurry to drink this confident wine with a beginning, middle and fairly persistent end. 16.5/20, Drink 2019-2022", Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, tasted 10 November 2019.
Zakaj (pronounced Zakay), translated from Slovenian, means "why". The grape is what used to be called Tocai Friulano (a name not permitted since Hungary joined the EU), now known as Friulano or Sauvignonasse, originally a Bordeaux variety. Really pretty nose, redolent of lime blossom. Mid weight, this delivers both diverse fruit flavours, peach and tangerine, alongside subtle hints of rose water and white flowers. A brilliant, complex white. Now-2021
"Grown in Slovenia, just over the border from Italy, and based on Friulano grapes. Slovenia and Croatia are treasure troves of characterful white wines. This one both smells and feels a little like apple skins and is substantial enough to serve with a main course", Jancis Robinson, MW, Christmas Wine in the FT Weekend Magazine, 7th December 2019
At the 2017 Slovenian wine fair in Ljubljana one man's wines stood out for me: those of Borut Kocijančič at Zanut. The seven hectares of the family-owned Zanut vineyards, mostly terraced and all grassed, lie across the rolling hills of Brda near the village of Neblo in the far west of Slovenia; only a few kilometres from the Italian border, and just north of the Italian city of Gorizia (Goriska). Soils, rich in minerals, are composed of clay, slate and sandstone.
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