The Stars of Stiria series, easily discernible by its black and gold label, is the top of the top of the Kupljen wines. With a seal of the vintage and winemaker on the bottle, Stars of Stiria are only produced in the best of vintages. A tribute to the terroir – full of shells from the Pannonian Sea, sandstone, white and blue marl, brick. Grapes are from vineyards aged 20–46. All grapes are hand-picked, hand selected, macerated and gently pressed ahead of the three to six-week temperature-controlled fermentation in, exclusively, small oak barrels made mainly of French and partly of American oak. Grapes are then left resting on fine lees for up to 24 months, after which unfiltered wine is bottled and left to mature. Stars of Stiria wines are exposed to the risks related to trying to grow grapes as ripe as possible, and those related to the winemaker’s style pursuing full yet elegant and complex wines in perfect harmony. Stars of Stiria wines are thick and mineral, a mature fruitiness reverberating from the background. Subject to the right conditions, Stars of Stiria have the ageing potential of 25 years.
ORIGINS AND VINIFICATION
The Mihaloviec Vineyard is on 285m altitude, has south orientation and a incline of 15%. The soil is dominatet by marl and sandstone. The vines have an age of 12 years.
After hand picking and selecting, the grapes were macerated for 72 hours then pressed. Fermentation starts in stainless steel When 50% of the sugar is fermented the wine is racked into French oak barrels of
225L. No sulfer added to the wine. Matures on lees till spring next year. Very soft fining to maintain the maximum of mineralty and fruitiness of the wine. The wine is not filtered.
Third week of September, all hand picked
Colour: strawy yellow with a golden border
Its bouquet is pronounced, mostly fruity, evoking peach, apricot, pineapple, lemon peel, jasmine and linden blossom, sweet spices, roasted almonds and a slight note of quartz.
The taste is graceful, soft, and rounded with freshness and slightly spicy minerality—full-bodied and lasting, of lusciously seductive elegance.
A wine that shows a sumptuous, oriental aromatic profile that enchants with its elegance and finesse. It will keep on spoiling the palate of drinkers for the next five years.
Ageing potential: 10 years
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING
It pairs perfectly with mussels, crabs, lobster, aromatic fish as well as with risotto, and porcino or button
Tijdens eigen proeverijen steeds naar voren gekomen als favoriet. Styria of Stiermarken staat naast F1 ook echt bekend als herkomst van zeer goede sauvignon blanc.