Pinot Grigio

Goriška Brda

Gasper

Gasper is located in Goriška Brda, which is the two thirds of Collio...

that stretches into Slovenia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in North-Eastern Italy. Goriška Brda is blessed with a climate ideally suited to viticulture, with its proximity to both the Adriatic Sea and the Alps providing dry, warm summers with cooling breezes during the crucial ripening period. The Gasper wine estate is a joint venture between a local cooperative and the Carman family, who have been in the hospitality and wine business for over 50 years. At the helm of the cellar is Darinko Ribolica, a respected oenologist from Goriška Brda. He uses Slovenia’s local varieties, deeply rooted in Germanic, Slavic and Roman cultural influences, for creating wines in a modern, fresh style.

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Vineyards

The Gasper vineyards are between 10 and 25 years old, and characterised by ‘opoka’ marl soil and excellent sun exposure on terraced, hillside rows. There is also the benefit of altitude, ranging from 80-200 metres above sea level, which helps the grapes retain acidity and aromatics. Vines are single Guyot trained and planted at a density of 4,000 to 5,000 per hectare. All picking is done by cooperative partners, family members and friends, which allows for a careful selection of fruit that enhances the quality of the final wine.

Vintage Information

2014 presented a challenge for Slovenian winegrowers. Leaf pruning was vital to ensure the grapes were well aerated and therefore able to ripen and mature successfully. The heavy rainfall during August 2014 meant that much more attention as well as manual work was needed to achieve a healthy crop and undamaged harvest. In 2014 the grape harvest started earlier than usual on 25th August. Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Rebula were the first to be picked.

Vinification

Fruit was pressed in a pneumatic press and then fermented and matured in stainless steel containers. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place to preserve the freshness and fruit character of the grapes.

Tasting Notes

Straw yellow colour with a subtle shade of pink. The nose is reminiscent of pear, grapefruit, pineapple and cinnamon. Well balanced, this medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has a lovely warmth to it. The finish is silky, with lingering citrus aromas.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
Region Goriška Brda
Winemaker Darinko Ribolica
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.19g/l
Residual Sugar 3.4g/l
Wine pH 3.34