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Vino Kupljen Loona 2017 (100% Sauvignon Blanc)
Slovenia is on the crossroads of Central and Eastern Europe. Thanks to its location within the Mediterranean basin, the country has a long history of wine production. Most of the country’s biggest and brightest winemaking stars are in the western part of the country. However, there are several producers in Eastern Slovenia showing that they too can produce fine wine. Wines on this side of the country tend to be high-acid whites and some sneaky good Pinot Noirs. With 18 hectares in the Jeruzalem and Svetinje wine-growing hills, Vino Kupljen is one of those noteworthy cellars in Eastern Slovenia.
The Vino Kupljen ‘Loona’ 2017 is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes from a southwestern-facing site with primarily marl soil. The sub-region Jeruzalem is located in Štajerska (Podravje wine region, northeastern Slovenia). Štajerska translates to Styria in English, and this area was part of the Duchy of Styria during the Austrian Empire era. However, today, the English name Styria, also called Steiermark, refers to the southernmost wine-producing region in Austria.
The 36-hour maceration was followed by a 4-week cold fermentation. The wine was then matured in new French barriques, resting on fine lees for 9 months. Finally, the wine was bottled without filtration.
Intense and expressive flavor profile. Pronounced floral overtone underlined by orange zest, a touch of asparagus, pineapple, peach, and green mango. The tropical fruit core is lifted by subtle spicy notes. The generous palate points to Alto Adige while the lightly green pungency feels Styria-esqe.
Interesting note: this wine has a Diam 30 closure! It definitely makes me wonder how this wine would evolve in a decade or three.
Score: 91+/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the wine rating page.)
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