No. 1 Cuveé | Istenic

Sale price€30,00

Bollicina
Slovenia ( SI )
60% Chardonnay, 30% Rumeni plavec, 10% Pinot noir
Enjoy it within 3 to 4 years.
12% vol.

Production and refinement

The geological composition of the soil is varied and consists mainly of limestone terrain. The vineyards are located in the best viticultural sites of the hills along the Sava River in eastern Slovenia. Manual harvesting takes place in September, with grape selection.

To prevent the deterioration of the grapes, pressing is carried out immediately in the vineyard, right after harvesting. Fermentation is controlled at 18°C to preserve the primary aromas. Vinification with the Classic Method, three years of aging on the lees.

Organoleptic analysis

Visual exam

Of a beautiful straw yellow color, with a fine perlage.

Olfactory examination

On the nose, it stands out for its citrusy notes and a typical hint of yeast and brioche.

Taste test

On the palate, it reveals itself as a very direct, fresh, and mineral wine, with a beautiful citrusy note and a pronounced structure. Fine aromas detected on the nose return: brioche, apple, and even caramel.

Contents index

From the vineyard to the table: discover our wine

Ready for a journey to discover No. 1 Cuveé | Istenic ? We will now take you to delve deeper into every aspect of this exceptional wine through three key sections:

Cellar

Come and learn about the history and values ​​of the winery which passionately grows and transforms grapes into wine

Territory

Immerse yourself in the land that gives life to these unique grapes, discovering the climate and terroir that influence its character

Pairings

Get expert advice on the perfect pairings that will enhance both the wine and your meal

The cellar

Country: Slovenia

Region: Posavje

Hectares of vineyards: 5

Istenic

Janez Istenič was a passionate athlete in his youth, and after graduating in oenology, in the 1960s, he managed to build a successful career as an oenologist in one of the state-owned wineries in Yugoslavia. From the beginning, he was drawn to sparkling wines, but the turning point came when he won a scholarship to France that took him to Champagne.

Istenic

Al suo ritorno, si rese conto che il vigneto del suocero, che produceva vini con una spiccata freschezza, aveva delle somiglianze con le uve ad alta acidità della Champagne. Con qualche risparmio acquistò terreni e attrezzature. Janez divenne il primo produttore privato di vino spumante rifermentato in bottiglia in Slovenia. Il 1968 fu l’anno di nascita del suo primo vino. L’azienda ha un’unica importante parola d’ordine: la precisione! Il tutto in 5, curatissimi, ettari vitati.

Region and territory

A land of ancient and new wine

Slovenia

A land of ancient and new wine

Slovenia

A land of ancient and new wine

Slovenia

Slovenia is a small country in terms of land area (21,000 square kilometers and approximately 2 million inhabitants). Viticulture covers 19,000 hectares in total, representing over 3% of the total land area, a very high value both in terms of quantity and quality of wines.

There are three main regions:

Podravje (northeast)
Posavje (southeast)
Primorska (west)
The most cultivated and widespread grape varieties in Slovenia are indigenous, including: Malvasia, Pinela, Rebula, Refosco, Vitoska Grganija, Žametovka, and Zelen. While the international grape varieties grown in Slovenia include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero, Traminer, Riesling Renano, Müller-Thurgau, Welschriesling, Blaufränkisch, Picolit, Merlot, Cabernet, and Chardonnay.

Posavje

The Posavje region is divided into three wine districts:

- In Dolenjska, small-sized wineries dominate, with characteristic "zidanice", typical houses of winemakers. The main red wines produced here are Zametna Crnina, Franconia, and Portugieser, while among the whites there are Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and Italian Riesling. Typical of this district is also Cviček, a blend of at least four types of wine, not always of the highest quality but very popular in Slovenia.

- In the Bela Krajina district, mainly exceptional Rosé wines are produced.

- Finally, Bizeljsko-Sremic is known for its sparkling wines, which are gaining favor among critics and consumers.

The Posavje region is divided into three wine districts: Dolenjska, Bela Krajina, and Bizeljsko-Sremic.

Recommended pairings and dishes

Matching by concordance

A bubbly with character that should be paired with equally flavorful, medium-bodied dishes.

Matching by contrast

A sparkling wine with a fresh profile, which can be paired in many ways at the table, for example, contrasting with a dish with a slight sweet tendency.

Pairs well with

The Metodo Classico is decidedly versatile: it pairs well with a wide variety of foods and is perfect on its own, for an unforgettable toast.

Matching by concordance

A bubbly with character that should be paired with equally flavorful, medium-bodied dishes.

Matching by contrast

A sparkling wine with a fresh profile, which can be paired in many ways at the table, for example, contrasting with a dish with a slight sweet tendency.

Pairs well with

The Metodo Classico is decidedly versatile: it pairs well with a wide variety of foods and is perfect on its own, for an unforgettable toast.

Sardines Fried

A flavorful and appetizing dish, characterized by a slight richness from frying, contrasting with the saltiness of the sardines. A crispy and delicious food like only fried fish can be. This recipe will win everyone over!

Fish Broth

A typical soup made with various types of fish, including shellfish, cooked and flavored with garlic and parsley. A dish of medium structure but very aromatic, intense in character, and with excellent aromatic persistence.

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