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Decoration Ribolla 2023

Ribolla 2023

Brda Classic

Presents a classic wine that beautifully represents the essence of the Brda region.

Volume

0,75 L

0,75 L X 6

Price

14,49 €

82,20 €

Quantity


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01: Wine characteristics and description

A light, bright yellow-gold wine. An aromatic bouquet of pears and quince blossom, with fresh apple and meadow flowers leads onto a smooth, zesty palate. There are notes of ripe apple, poached pear, stone fruit, and a lightly mineral finish. A harmonious and very drinkable version of the region’s signature grape.

Tasting notes by CAROLINE GILBY, MW

Zemljevid Slo It4x
  • Grapes sort:

    100% Ribolla Gialla

  • Wine-growing region:

    Brda - Slovenia

  • Vineyards:

    Medana Jama

  • Vineyards age:

    18 – 31 years

  • Vineyards altitude:

    200 - 250m

  • Vineyards position:

    north-west

  • Ground structure:

    marl, slate and sandstone (opoka)

  • Harvest:

    hand-harvested, in the beginning of October

Awards

  93 pts  

by James Suckling

Vintage 2018

2020

2020

2021

2021

2022

2022

2023

2023

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 vintage featured extreme weather conditions, with very little rain and numerous heatwaves during the summer. Once again, this vintage demonstrated the importance of biodynamic farming and organic practices that yield exceptional results. The dry and somewhat cold spring in March and April slowed down budding and vine growth, a trend that was even more pronounced in May when less than 20 mm of rain fell throughout the month. June had slightly more rain, but it often came in the form of torrential downpours, causing much of the water to run off due to the Opoka soil structure. By August, we had received only half of the long-term average rainfall for our region. The harvest started in the second half of August, and at the same time, we welcomed revitalizing rainfall that restored the balance of vegetative vine growth, ensuring complete and optimal ripening. Hand-picked grapes were exceptionally healthy and achieved optimal ripeness. Once again, we have produced wines of superior quality, with grapes containing above-average sugar levels, even the skins and seeds have contained more phenolic and aromatic characteristics, allowing us to create varientaly expressive wines with extreme elegance. Our conclusion for the 2022 vintage would be that vineyards in iconic locations, cultivated through organic practices, yielded exceptional quality organic grapes and handled water stress and heatwaves more effectively.

The vintage featured extreme weather conditions, with very little rain and numerous heatwaves during the summer. Once again, this vintage demonstrated the importance of biodynamic farming and organic practices that yield exceptional results. The dry and somewhat cold spring in March and April slowed down budding and vine growth, a trend that was even more pronounced in May when less than 20 mm of rain fell throughout the month. June had slightly more rain, but it often came in the form of torrential downpours, causing much of the water to run off due to the Opoka soil structure. By August, we had received only half of the long-term average rainfall for our region. The harvest started in the second half of August, and at the same time, we welcomed revitalizing rainfall that restored the balance of vegetative vine growth, ensuring complete and optimal ripening. Hand-picked grapes were exceptionally healthy and achieved optimal ripeness. Once again, we have produced wines of superior quality, with grapes containing above-average sugar levels, even the skins and seeds have contained more phenolic and aromatic characteristics, allowing us to create varientaly expressive wines with extreme elegance. Our conclusion for the 2022 vintage would be that vineyards in iconic locations, cultivated through organic practices, yielded exceptional quality organic grapes and handled water stress and heatwaves more effectively.

The cold spring with a lot of rainfall transitioned into an exceptionally wet summer, where rainy days alternated with remarkably beautiful sunny days. In July, hailstorms struck the Brda region, so we devoted extensive time in the vineyards to protect the vines and grapes using various organic practices that have proven effective in the past. Nonetheless, we were grateful to have beautiful, warm weather in September, allowing the grapes to achieve full ripeness. However, this year's yield is approximately 20% lower than the average. Wines from the 2023 vintage will be lower in alcohol, mineral-rich, and with a pronounced freshness, in line with current wine market trends. Producers in our region emphasise how the 2023 vintage showcases the remarkable adaptation of the Brda Rebula grape to climate change. With the indigenous Rebula variety, losses are minimal, and despite less favorable weather conditions, the quality remains exceptionally high.

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