2017-C Kobal Wines, Penina Rose Brut, Ptuj, Slovenia (750ml)

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Bojan Kobal honed his winemaking skills during a decade-long stint working with Angela Muir at Ptujska klet (Ptuj Winery), the oldest and most renowned winery in Slovenia. He made quite the name for himself there, considering the winery won over 195 gold and silver medals at prestigious wine competitions across the globe during his tenure. In 2015, Bojan launched his eponymous brand, ‘Kobal Wines’ with the goal to produce terroir-driven wines from the cool-climate Haloze subdistrict of the Lower Styria (Štajerska) region, located in the northeast corner of the country. Bojan’s vines, which average 35 years in age, are grown on marl-rich soils on very steep slopes and are planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Yellow Muscat, Pinot Grigio, Šipon (Furmint) and Blaufränkisch. Haloze’s hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters along with its steep terrain and sharp diurnal temperature fluctuations help to maintain vibrant acidities in the wines.

We were thrilled upon tasting this gorgeous extra brut rosé considering it is not often we get to taste bubbly form Slovenia, not to mention an elegant, fresh and easily loveable style like this one! This extra brut rosé is made from the Austrian varietal, Blaufränkisch, and upon first tasting, we deemed it “crushable”! Aromas of blood orange, tangerine, and fragrant rose lead onto a medium-bodied palate which offers extra fine bubbles and a creamy, strawberry shortcake-like quality. One of Blaufränkisch’s signature traits is its spicy, berry-rich character, which is exposed here in notes of fresh raspberry, Rainier cherry and green peppercorn. A vivacious acidity provides lift to an otherwise soft and lushly-textured wine, and while it ends on a very dry, crisp note, there is a pleasant and lingering flavor of rose water macaron on the finish. This is thoroughly enjoyable on its own, yet it would definitely make an excellent brunch accompaniment to smoked salmon eggs benedict or strawberry pancakes!

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