A while back Tjaš Prinčič from Brda, Slovenia got in touch with me. With his brother Peter, he has established a winery called Mulit, and them are making just two wines: a white and a red, both field blends. Production is just 7000 bottles per year.
The vineyard they have is 2 hectares that they got from their father’s family. He’d replanted much of it with varieties fashionable at the time, including Syrah and Viognier, and was the first in the region to use single Guyot pruning. As an aside, they are nephews of well-known winegrower Tomaž Prinčič, who has helped them with their project. Initially, their wines were made in his cellar, but now they are separate.
This is the wine region that politically straddled the iron curtain for a while: after the last world war, Yugoslavia got the bit that’s now called Brda (the country is now Slovenia) while the Italian bit is Collio. [The region as a whole is now looking for UNESCO recognition – see here.] The Mulit winery is just 110 km from Venice. The climate here is described as sub-Mediterranean, with warm days and cool evenings. Here are my notes on their wines.
Mulit Belo 2018 Brda, Slovenia
14% alcohol. This is a blend of Ribolla Gialla, Pika, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This is pithy and taut with lovely fruit quality. There’s some freshness, but also lovely texture, showing pear, pith, lemon and a touch of white peach. Such nice depth here. 91/100
Mulit Rdeče 2017 Brda, Slovenia
13.5% alcohol. This is a field blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. So fresh, supple and elegant with lovely pure red berry and cherry fruit. Polished, but not too polished, with lovely freshness, but also some generosity. This gets the balance between ripe fruit and structure (from tannin and acid) just right. There are raspberries, cherries and plums, with support from nice spicy gravelly notes on the finish. A lovely wine, modern but balanced. 93/100
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