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Zanut, Zakaj, Goriska Brda, 2015

"Amazingly rich, opulent, smoky nose, a sort of symphony of Sauvignon with all members of the orchestra playing their hearts out. It tastes like opulent white currants and as though there were a tiny bit of residual sugar but it's certainly very well balanced. Though it's ready.. 16.5/20", Jancis Robinson MW, 29th April 2018

Zanut, Zakaj, Goriska Brda, 2015

Product Code: ZAN215

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Medium bodied

Rated 1 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: Slovenia
  • Region: Goriska Brda
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13.5%
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Zakaj, translated from Slovenian, means "why". The grape is what the Slovenians call Tocai Friulano, otherwise now known as Friulano or Sauvignonasse, originally a Bordeaux variety. This smells a little like Sauvignon Blanc (though the grape is not related) and has a certain herbaceous freshness, but it’s otherwise very different to SB, with subtle flavours of pineapple (and other tropical fruit) and nuts. Fat, silkily-textured, and classy, this is a wonderful glass of wine. Now-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.  As one would expect, given the location, the grape varieties grown - see below - 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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