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Decoration Chardonnay Opoka 2021

Chardonnay Opoka 2021

Jordano Cru

Reveals the finest wine that reflects the unique character of the micro-terroir found in Opoka soil.

Volume

0,75 L

0,75 L X 6

Price

53,90 €

314,40 €

Quantity


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01: Wine characteristics and description

This Chardonnay comes from the highest part of the vineyard, from two different positions and is fermented and aged in conical oak casks.  It's a crystal bright, golden wine with a super inviting nose, expressing lemon flowers, white peach and yellow plum fruit aromas, enhanced by a harmonious creamy back note. There’s lovely fruit intensity, recalling apple, lemon and white blossom, supported by fine, vivid crispness and great purity, then a lingering graceful mineral finish. This is superb, elegant Chardonnay by anyone’s standards – a beautiful wine.

Tasting notes by CAROLINE GILBY, MW

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  • Sort:

    100% Chardonnay

  • Wine-growing region:

    Brda - Slovenia

  • Vineyards:

    Jordano Cru

  • Vineyards age:

    53 years

  • Vineyards altitude:

    200-250 meters

  • Vineyards position:

    north-west

  • Ground structure:

    marl, slate and sandstone (opoka)

  • Harvest:

    hand-picked, selected grapes; in the beginning of September

Awards

  Tre Bicchieri 2024  

by Gambero Rosso

Vintage 2020

  94 pts  

Falstaff magazine

Vintage 2020

  Wine of the year 2022  

International Wine of the Year by Food and Travel Magazine Italia

Vintage 2019

  110 /100  

by Luca Gardini, Wine Killer

Vintage 2019

  Wine of the year 2020  

International Wine of the Year by Food and Travel Magazine Italia

Vintage 2017

  100 pts  

by Luca Gardini, Wine Killer

Vintage 2017

  95 pts  

by Caroline Gilby, MW, Decanter magazine

Vintage 2016

  95 pts  

Caroline Gilby, Decanter magazine

Vintage 2016

  95 pts  

by James Suckling

Vintage 2015

  94 pts  

by James Suckling

Vintage 2014

2018

2018

2019

2019

2020

2020

2021

2021

The 2018 vintage began with a cold winter, maintaining low temperatures into the spring. One of its distinctive features was a late spring characterized by frequent rain showers, followed by almost perfect weather conditions. After the cold first three months, we experienced extremely pleasant and warm weather in April and May, during which our vines developed a strong canopy. The excellent weather conditions continued into June, where we encountered a bit more rain than desired, but fortunately, it didn't pose any problems. As a result, the grapes of both white and red varieties achieved optimal ripeness, and the expectations for the 2018 vintage are ambitious. Harvesting commenced a little earlier, yielding extraordinary quantities without compromising quality. Truly, a great vintage.

We experienced a relatively mild winter, providing a favorable start to the new growing season. However, during the flowering of the vines in the last weeks of May, we faced bad weather that lowered the quantities of the 2019 vintage. The hot and very dry summer again contributed to a slightly smaller harvest, but we were pleased with the quality of the grapes. Elevated temperatures in July and August enabled normal berry development, ensuring excellent phenolic maturity. Harvesting occurred through multiple rounds as we carefully sought optimal characteristics for each grape variety.

The growing season in Brda began with mild and dry winter weather. Spring was somewhat cooler, leading to a slightly delayed start of the growing season compared to previous years. Flowering began around June 1st. The cooler temperatures, along with frequent rainfall during late spring and early summer, caused the vines to progress more slowly, but the development was uninterrupted. The summer of 2020 was lovely, characterized by sunny and warm weather, without any concerning heat waves and occasional rain showers that ensured optimal cluster growth and development. Gradual grape ripening took place in excellent conditions, with the right balance of sunlight and occasional rainfall. The harvest began in September and went exceptionally well. As a result, we expect an exceptionally high-quality vintage for both white and red wines.

The 2021 growing season will be remembered for unusual climatic conditions. We experienced a relatively mild winter, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing, and very little rain, indicating the possibility of an early bud break. In contrast, temperatures decreased in March and April, and the cold weather continued into May, resulting in an extremely late start to flowering this year, which began on June 14th—marking the latest it has been in the last 25 years. Immediately after it began, temperatures quickly rose, and flowering progressed smoothly and rapidly for all grape varieties. Conditions returned to normal with a beautiful, warm summer—free from extreme heat waves and with little rainfall. This allowed the vines to catch up to a normal pace, ensuring optimal vine activity and cluster development. The sunny, dry, and pleasantly warm conditions in the fall allowed the grapes to reach optimal ripeness. Hand harvesting, which began in the first week of September, brought the highest quality grapes to the cellar, with whole, healthy grapes, an excellent balance of sugar levels and acidity, and deeply aromatic grapes. We anticipate above-average quality in both white and red wines. The red wines will be intensely colored this year, with soft and mature tannins.

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