The 2013 Bagueri Superior Ribolla Gialla by Klet Brda won the platinum medal at the prestigious British Decanter World Wine Awards competition. Following this accomplishment, this Slovenian dry white wine champion and winner of a gold medal in France has become one of the most successful Slovenian wines, demonstrating yet again the excellence Klet Brda has been achieving with Ribolla Gialla, a variety synonymous with the region of Goriška Brda.
Sustainable cultivation in selected microlocations: The grapes for the 2013 Bagueri Superior Ribolla Gialla were grown in four selected vineyards in Neblo, Višnjevik, Medana and Cerovo which best suit this variety–i.e. located on the sunlit tops of the hills. The grapevines thrive in the typical marly soil of Brda, which is reflected in the wine’s pronounced mineral touch. These vineyards are ideally aged between 15 and 30 years, covered with grass, provided with proper nutrition and cultivated according to sustainable methods.
Sophisticated work in the cellar: The Bagueri Superior Ribolla Gialla fermented, and matured for the first six months, in selected French barrique barrels. Then it was left to mature in huge elliptical Slavonian oak barrels, the specific shape of which, together with the characteristics of the oak wood, enables the wines to best express the Brda terroir. The process of battônage (the periodic stirring of the lees during wine maturation) emphasises the creamy texture and the intensity of the flavour, while malolactic fermentation provides for the desired softness and a pleasant buttery flavour.
The road to the medal The DWWA judges are internationally renowned experts. The wines entered into the competition are divided in several categories, primarily based on the region of origin, and assessed individually. The judges are informed of the region, style and price rage of the wines, but they are not made aware of their trademarks. The best-rated wines within each category, rated under an acknowledged 100-point system, win medals. After that, a judging panel composed of regional chairs reassesses the gold medallists, awarding the best among them the platinum trophy.
Published on 4. 6. 2018 categorised in: News, Rebula