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Pasji Rep, Zelen, Vipavska Dolina, 2017

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Zelen used to be highly rated, the grape for the aristocracy in the Vipava Valley, but as it’s fragile and low-yielding it’s now just grown in a few pockets there. This is given some skin contact, lots of lees stirring, malolactic fermentation, and a third goes into old, neutral barrels. Mid-weight, peach-fruited, creamy, with notes of sourdough and herbs. In some ways Zelen has Viognier and Muscat-like flavours, but it has a graceful personality all of its own and a depth of flavour which belies the lowish alcohol. Two days after seeing Samo I ate at Hisa Franko in Kobarid, arguably Slovenia’s top restaurant. When I asked the sommelier for a glass of white wine before dinner I was brought a glass of this - that says it all. Now-2020

Pasji Rep, Zelen, Vipavska Dolina, 2017

Product Code: PAS117

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Rated 3 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: Slovenia
  • Region: Vipvaska
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 11.5%
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"Smart label. Smells of gingerbread men! Lots of excitement and some fine tannins. Interesting … low alcohol too. 11.5%. 16/20", Jancis Robinson, MW,, 5th November 2018

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