Batič Pinela 2016

$ 33.50

100% Pinela from Vipava Valley, Slovenia

According to Miha, “You have to think and work like the nature. If you look at the forest for example, the forest is never just acacia or oak ­ always a symbiosis of thousands of different plants and animals.” Establishing this symbiotic relationship in the vineyards and in the cellar is the signature of the Batič estate ­ emulating and getting closer to nature. Highly selective hand harvesting, extended maceration (particularly native white grape varieties), fermenting in open topped Slovenian wooden vats without temperature control, and only using indigenous yeast are the major means to this end. All wines are bottled un­fined, often unfiltered, and in some cases bottled without additional sulfur (SO2). Lunar cycles and seasons are strictly observed and determine releases and bottling dates.

NOTES & PAIRINGS

Pinela is an ancient, indigenous grape and without question the most noble of the Estate. Without the unique climate of the Vipava, Pinela would not survive. Not surprisingly, Ivan Batič devoted his soul to this grape variety. Vines are planted only in the best terroirs and according to the old Vipava Valley winemaking tradition, macerated at an unregulated temperature for five days with its own yeast. It is then matured for twenty­four months in Slovenian oak barrels. Bottled in the time of the old moon this vintage is full bodied, textured, mineral driven, and shows a sophisticated spiciness. It’s truly unique. The Batič family pairs it with the richness of duck, herbed egg dishes, and roasted fennel.

 

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