Gabernik 23 - Hmelj Pikola Zweigelt Remuni Muscat (2020)

Gabernik 23 - Hmelj Pikola Zweigelt Remuni Muscat (2020)

This satisfies the idea of sipping on a thirst-quenching lager combined with a glass of chilled rosé. Nick worked with the estate fruit and gathered wild hops that surrounded the vineyard to assemble this beauty. It is the ultimate summer beverage!

The fruit was hand-harvested and wine was made naturally, retaining the pressings. In another lot a small amount of the grapes were gently pressed and the juice was kept very cold in order to prevent fermentation. With both pressings, a bit of water was added to extract any remaining sugar and allowed the fermentation to occur naturally. A bit of hand plunging ensued and the ‘wine’ was pressed off skins after seven days. A sizable amount of juice (40%) was added to continue the fermentation in tank without any additions and when it was nearly finished it was bottled, finishing the fermentation in bottle with nothing added nor taken away.

51 cases produced

Gabernik 23 is a small family-owned winery in Štajerska, Slovenia. Janko Bogatic started working alongside his father in his family’s vineyards at the age of ten. While he seemed destined for a career in dairy farming, at 18 Janko was forced to return to the family property to manage the vineyards after the sudden passing of his father. Now, almost 30 years later, Janko is farming 9 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes around Ritoznoj in the foothills of the Pohorje range.

While some of the grapes are sold to another local winemaker, Janko began bottling his own wines under the Gabernik 23 label in 2018. There are many varieties planted in the Gabernik 23 vineyards, but the focus is on the less fashionable varieties, like Yellow Muscat and Zweigelt. The aim is to show that with a little love and respect these grapes can produce some stunning wines.

Pure sultry red fruit with a touch of green peppercorns and highly aromatic floral qualities. The hops are noticeable in the crispness, but not a ‘hoppiness.’ A delightful drink that crosses many borders.

Friends, Sunshine, The Park

About the Winemaker

Gabernik 23 is a small family-owned winery in Štajerska, Slovenia. Janko Bogatic started working alongside his father in his family’s vineyards at the age of ten. While he seemed destined for a career in dairy farming, at 18 Janko was forced to return to the family property to manage the vineyards after the sudden passing of his father. Now, almost 30 years later, Janko is farming 9 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes around Ritoznoj in the foothills of the Pohorje range.

While some of the grapes are sold to another local winemaker, Janko began bottling his own wines under the Gabernik 23 label in 2018. There are many varieties planted in the Gabernik 23 vineyards, but the focus is on the less fashionable varieties, like Yellow Muscat and Zweigelt. The aim is to show that with a little love and respect these grapes can produce some stunning wines.

Tasting Notes

Pure sultry red fruit with a touch of green peppercorns and highly aromatic floral qualities. The hops are noticeable in the crispness, but not a ‘hoppiness.’ A delightful drink that crosses many borders.

Pairings

Friends, Sunshine, The Park