Pinot Grigio

Goriška Brda

Gasper

Gasper is located in Goriška Brda, which is the two thirds of Collio...

stretching into Slovenia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy. Goriška Brda was a climate ideally suited to viticulture, with its proximity to both the Adriatic Sea and the Alps providing dry, warm summers with cooling breezes during the crucial ripening period. The Gasper wine estate is a joint venture between a local cooperative and the Carman family, who have been in the hospitality and wine business for over 50 years. At the helm of the cellar is Darinko Ribolica, a respected oenologist from Goriška Brda. He uses Slovenia’s local varieties, deeply rooted in Germanic, Slavic and Roman cultural influences, for creating wines in a modern, fresh style.

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Vineyards

The grapes for this wine come from the Goriška Brda wine growing region at altitudes ranging between 80-200 metres above sea level. The vineyards are terraced and face south-west, east and south. Vines are trained using the single Guyot method and are planted at densities of 4,000 - 5,000 vines per hectare. The vines are between 10-25 years old and sit on a mixture of flysch, marlstone and sandstone soils. The climate here is sub-Mediterranean and experiences a mixture of warm sea air and the influence of cold winds from the Alps.

Vintage Information

2016 was an unusual harvest with various challenges due to extreme weather conditions at the beginning of the year. This resulted in a smaller yield than in previous years. However, weather improved later in the growing season and was perfect until harvest, resulting in high quality fruit.

Vinification

Fruit was pressed in a pneumatic press and then fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place to preserve the freshness and fruit character of the grapes.

Tasting Notes

The wine is straw yellow in colour with a subtle shade of pink. The nose is reminiscent of pear, grapefruit, pineapple and cinnamon. Well balanced, this medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has a lovely richness, with a silky finish and citrus aromas.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
Region Goriška Brda
Winemaker Darinko Ribolica
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%