Movia Rebula Goriska Brda 2018

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Movia Rebula Goriska Brda 2018
Country Slovenia
Region Goriška Brda
Appellation/Sub-Region Goriška Brda
Grapes Rebula
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Biodynamically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

The historic Movia estate is located in the town of Ceglo, in the Goriška Brda region of western Slovenia near the border with Italy. Movia was founded in 1700 and has been run by the Kristančič family since 1820. Owner and winemaker Aleš Kristančič is the eighth generation to helm the domaine, and now has 21 hectares of organically farmed vineyards that straddle the Italian border. Rebula is the local name for the ribolla gialla grape, which has been grown in Slovenia since the 1200s, and may have actually originated there as well. Movia’s rebula vines average 66 years old and produce low yields of highly concentrated fruit that is harvested by hand as late in the season as possible for optimum ripeness. Fermentation takes place with wild yeasts in wooden barriques, followed by 18 months of aging on the lees. The resulting cuvée is full bodied and wildly complex, with an opulently creamy texture thanks to the extended lees aging. Notes of gooseberries, apricots, tropical fruit, and melon mingle lusciously with toasted almonds, hints of dried pine and oak, and a briny, saline tang. Biodynamically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.