Guerila, Retro, Primorska, Slovenia, 2020
Zmago Petrič's family's winery is located in Vipavska Dolina and from the very beginning, they have worked organically and biodynamically, devoting their energies to local grape varieties and respecting the natural environment around them.
Concentrating on the varieties of Zelen and Pinela which are only grown in this region and nowhere else on the planet, they have built a genuinely unique proposition. Everything is hand-picked, naturally fermented and then bottled unfiltered with just a minimal sulphur addition, creating wines that are delicate, mineral and full of freshness.
Viticulture procedures follow the biodynamic calender and is simple, with the focus on allowing the plants to yield only what it can naturally produce, other than by addition of green manure, biodynamic compost and biodynamic pesticides. All grapes are hand picked.
Fermented with their natural yeasts. Malolactic fermentation is also spontaneous, and the wines are bottled un-filtered with just minimal sulphur addition.
Type: 2000 Litre Slovenian Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
A lively golden yellow colour. An extremely complex bouquet, combining aromas of dried flowers such as chamomile, with herbs, ripened and dried fruits and honey. A gentle medium bodied wine on the palate, mineral like, harmonious, elegant and fresh.
Seafood, fish and white meats.
Jancis Robinson 17- Points
A mass of flowers on the nose, and again, like the varietal Zelen, a zing of ginger. This is wonderful! Nacreous flavours in the mouth that spin like a lightcatcher hanging in a tree as the sun rises, flashing green, gold, white, silver, bronze, copper. The acidity is complex, fibrillate, filling the mouth with the thousand strings of an orchestra, rising in crescendo from the softest whisper to a soaring that fills high, vaulted spaces. Apricot kernels, cob nuts, tiny fresh sweetcorn kernels and then the zing-catch of wasabi and the sweet-earthy gentle-green bitterness of matcha. Understated but intriguingly complex. Just a little short on the finish, is my only niggle. 17- Points, TC, Aug 2022.
6 x 75cl
Award: Jancis Robinson 17.5 Points
Award: Jancis Robinson 16.5 Points