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Pasji Rep, Zelen, Vipavska Dolina, 2018

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"...a really characterful light, dry white that's only 11.5% alcohol and is hugely refreshing and distinctive".
Jancis Robinson, MW,, 8th May 2020

Pasji Rep, Zelen, Vipavska Dolina, 2018

Product Code: PAS118

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Rated 3 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: Slovenia
  • Region: Vipvaska
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 11.5%
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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. Two days after first visiting 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. Mid-weight, stone-fruited, lightly creamy wine. 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. Now-2021

"Note the low alcohol. Masses of character on the nose – lightly dried fruit: apricots? Extremely sprightly and long in the mouth. Whistle-clean. A totally horrid wine to serve someone blind. Delicate but far from wan. GV. 16.5/20", Jancis Robinson, MW,, 8th May 2020

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