Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
A Wine That...
shows what Slovenia is capable of for Cabernet Sauvignon. This classic variety has found a home in these iron-rich soils, which give it a distinct mineral lightness of touch. It's not every day that you get to taste a 2007 vintage from one of the natural wine world's greats, and this doesn't disappoint. It has a comforting scent of leather and books — like sitting in a library under a blanket. It has bright, mouthwatering acidity with its twist of fresh blackcurrants, which makes this aged beauty continue to feel youthful.
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- Winemaker: Cotar
Where and How?
This wine is the culmination of many unique geological and climatic factors exclusive to Kras. The vines of Cabernet Sauvignon grow on a very thin layer of iron-rich limestone (Terra Rossa), which lies upon a deep layer of solid limestone formed from ancient fossilised sea life. Due to this poor, rocky soil, each plant only produces enough fruit for the equivalent of a single bottle of wine. No herbicides or pesticides have been used here for over 20 years.
The climate here is dry, and a light sea breeze from the Mediterranean keeps the grapes healthy and dry, reducing disease pressures.
Harvest took place as late as possible in order to ensure that the grapes were fully mature, and everything was picked by hand. Down in the cellar, fermentation occured spontaneously in open top barrels, where the juice was left in contact with the skins for between 10 and 20 days. The wine was then aged for up to five years in a range of barrels varying in capacity from between 225 and 2000 litres.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The Winemaker: Cotar
The artist Hans Hofmann said, “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” The same rings true at Slovenia’s Čotar winery, in the Karst region of Slovenia. Here, Branko Čotar, and his son Vasja and daughter-in-law Andreja, tend eight hectares of vineyards, and this trio and their vines produce spellbinding natural wines that have taken the wine world by storm in recent years.
By deciding to minimise their intervention in the cellar, they have further amplified the natural aromas found within their grapes, and through patience, these aromas find an intrinsic harmony in the wines. Drinking a Čotar wine is like visiting an exhibition of your favourite artist for the first time: it might have taken a while to finally have the opportunity, but it’s well worth the wait.