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Classification: Dry red wine
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Ritoznoj, Pohorje Foothills, Lower Styria (Štajerska), Slovenia
Density & Yield: 5,000 vines/ha; 1.6 kg/vine
Annual Production: 7,000 bottles
Climate: Continental, with dry and hot summers, and snowy winters
Terrain: Marl-rich soils, with sand and clay. Exposed southern exposure, 360 meters above sea level.
Farming: No irrigation. No herbicide. No cultivation. Environmentally friendly and sustainable viticulture, with respect for the land.
Vinification: Hand-picked. Destemmed into 1 tonne fermenters, 10-20% whole bunch. 3-8 days of cold maceration, depending on temperature of grapes when picked. Spontaneous fermentation. Gentle extraction with plunging once a day, sometime twice during peak ferment. Pressed within a few days of the end of ferment, between 17-23 days on skins in total. Aging 12 months in older French oak. No filtration. Contains sediment.
Tasting Notes: Very elegant, with a hint of cherry fruit. Smooth tannins, firm acidity, well integrated oak. Cherry and plum fruit on the palate, supported by a subtle hint of rich coffee.