Gabernik 23 - Pikola White Piquette

Gabernik 23 - Pikola White Piquette

Nick took the pressed skins of the white blend, which includes Muskat Ottonel, Riesling, Rizvanec and Yellow Muskat, then added a bit of water back to the pressings to extract any remaining sugar. The water-laced must began to ferment naturally and after five days was pressed to tank.

He then blended a little more than 1/3 of the total volume of fermented juice with unfermented juice to continue the fermentation. When the ferment approached the final stretch it the wine was bottled to finish the fermentation in bottle, giving the brilliant light-sparkling nature of the concoction.

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.

Tangy, tart, and refreshing. A hint of coriander and nutmeg with fresh, white floral notes. A hint of anise and fennel emerge but look at it as the most delicious beverage and who cares about the ‘nuance’. Delicious probably isn’t the word that should be used in a tasting note but it sums it up perfectly!

Good Company, 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

Tangy, tart, and refreshing. A hint of coriander and nutmeg with fresh, white floral notes. A hint of anise and fennel emerge but look at it as the most delicious beverage and who cares about the ‘nuance’. Delicious probably isn’t the word that should be used in a tasting note but it sums it up perfectly!

Pairings

Good Company, Sunshine, The Park