For us, it has always been so important to work with growers that follow a holistic approach in their farming practices, where vine growing and winemaking is an extension of their lives, where the land acts as a vessel to hold space for a lifestyle that is self-sufficient and a perfect harmony exists in that ecosystem they have nurtured and created. We had heard about how passionate Janko, Tamara and their family, of Kmetija Štekar, were about their land and how organic farming went way beyond just not using pesticides/herbicides on the soil, but when we met them last year and visited their home and saw their vineyards, their olive trees, fruit tree orchards, vegetables plantings, happy, free roaming animals we could see how everything was perfectly aligned. There is an energy when you stand in their amphitheatre-style vineyards in the beautiful valley of Goriška Brda, and all of this can be sensed in the wines. There is a purity of fruit, a kind of an unabashed character, honest, vibrant and so alive and, most importantly, delicious.
The SIVI is a 100% Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris can be very satisfying and give a lovely satiated feeling when under the right hands. We love that Janko has played around with the skins here and macerated the juice on its skins for 12 days, giving the wine a lovely pinkish gold colour. Fun fact, Pinot Gris skins are greyish pink in colour and that is one of the reasons why when left on its skins it can give a beautiful hue. Expect a textural quality on the palate, with a nice long finish, sweet spice, touch of torched orange peel and blossom. A touch of earthiness on the palate it finishes with really good freshness.
All hand harvested, spontaneous fermentation with native yeast, unfined, unfiltered, no added sulphur dioxide.
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