Gabernik 23 - Stajerska Slovenija Zweigelt 2020 750ml (11.5% ABV)
100% Zweigelt from the hilltop town of Ritoznoj in northeast Slovenia (only 50 kms from Austrian border)
A new crushable red for summer. Sour cherries, black pepper, fresh and lifted with a touch of funk (cured meat, a smoky note Pinotage lovers will enjoy), spicy accents, red, black, & purple berry fruit, slightly crunchy, medium bodied with modest ABV, great with a slight chill!
- Grapes: 100% Zweigelt
- Vineyard: Devina Vineyard
- Vine Age: 17-years-old
- Soil Type: Grey marl
- Viticulture: Sustainable – dry-farmed
- Fermentation: Native – open-top plastic fermenters (100% whole-berry)
- Skin Contact: 17-22 days
- Aging: 11 months in neutral 228L French barriques
- Alcohol: 11.5%
- pH: 3.57
- Total Acidity: 4.95 g/L
- Total SO2: 72 ppm
- Total Production: 316 cases
from Vine St. Imports:
"Dr. Fritz Zweigelt was onto something when he crossed Blaufränkisch with Saint-Laurent to create Rotburger, now called Zweigelt after its founder. Even further down the genetic line one finds that Zweigelt is a grandchild of Gouais Blanc and Pinot, arguably the two most important and influential varieties in the Western European world. So why is more Zweigelt not being consumed? Because there still isn’t much planted outside of Austria. Just over the border within the greater Styrian region lies The Gabernik vineyard and it was vital that a sizable portion of the site was planted to red varieties. Zweigelt can produce a powerful and intense wine, so long as yields are kept in check as they can get quite out of control without careful farming.
The fruit was hand-harvested and destemmed without crushing, keeping as many of the berries intact as possible. The berries were placed in small, plastic fermenters and fermented open-top without any manipulations other than keeping the cap wet with gentle pumpovers. Fermentation finished in roughly three weeks and the lots were pressed to tank where the wine settled naturally before being racked to old French barriques for maturation. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally and the barrels were lightly sulfured post-ML. Two months later it was racked to tank and bottled without fining or filtration and just another small addition of sulfur.
Gabernik 23 is a small family-owned winery in Štajerska, Slovenia. Janko Bogatic started working alongside his father in his family’s vineyards at the age of ten. While he seemed destined for a career in dairy farming, at 18 Janko was forced to return to the family property to manage the vineyards after the sudden passing of his father. Now, almost 30 years later, Janko is farming 9 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes around Ritoznoj in the foothills of the Pohorje range. While some of the grapes are sold to another local winemaker, Janko began bottling his own wines under the Gabernik 23 label in 2018. There are many varieties planted in the Gabernik 23 vineyards, but the focus is on the less fashionable varieties, like Yellow Muscat and Zweigelt. The aim is to show that with a little love and respect these grapes can produce some stunning wines."