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Zanut, Rebula, Goriska Brda, 2015

"The Ribolla Gialla of Italy just across the border. Clean, bracing nose of white peach juice. Bone dry and very pure with masses of fruit but no sweetness. Slightly powdery texture. Long and GV. 16/20", Jancis Robinson MW, 29th April 2018

Zanut, Rebula, Goriska Brda, 2015

Product Code: ZAN115

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Light bodied

Rated 1 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: Slovenia
  • Region: Goriska Brda
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 12.5%
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Rebula is the Slovenian name for the Italian Ribolla Gialla grape, but it’s more widely grown in Slovenia than in Friuli. Here it offers fascinating aromas of smoke and sandalwood with a floral note. It’s dry, concentrated, lightly savoury and very long. Surprisingly full-bodied, it’s a wine to drink with food, especially chicken or white fish in a sauce. Now-2019

At the 20th Slovenian Wine Festival in November 2017 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.  As one would expect, given the location, the grape varieties grown are very similar to those grown across the border in Friuli.

As the prices imply, these are no ordinary wines. The products of one of the top growers in Goriska Brda, the country’s highest rated wine district, they fully deserve to be enjoyed by British wine drinkers. As tastings of older vintages confirmed, they keep well too.

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