Variety: 85 % Merlot, 15 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Maceration: 21 days of maceration
Aging (maturation): 36 months in new oak barrels
Ruby red color, the nose is filled with aromas reminiscent of ripe red fruit, spices, oak, and tobacco. The palate is full-bodied with lovely ripe tannins and long elegant finish.
Only a few decades ago, vines grew on only a single hectare of the Ščurek farmland. Today, winemaker Stojan Ščurek from Goriška Brda and all his five sons, are involved in viticulture and enology. This year alone, they have already exported five containers of bottled wine to China. The Ščurek wine is available in several European markets, in Michelin-starred restaurants, and as far away as Japan. “I like to compare wine with sushi - it is not for everyone, but there are a great number of variations,” says Stojan.
The family history began in 1830 when a Ščurek married into a farming business, which dated back to 1780. At first, the farm was engaged in mixed farming - rearing cattle and growing a variety of produce. Vineyards were grown on one single hectare of land, and over the following decades, Stojan’s father and uncle steadily increased their vineyards. After the Second World War and the redefinition of farm boundaries, one hectare of the farmland was located in Slovenia and 10 hectares in Italy. Stojan and his sister were born when Stojan’s uncle moved out of the farm, and the family concentrated their efforts on growing fruit and vegetables. “Viticulture has always been the basic activity on the farm, followed by fruit cultivation and livestock rearing. Afterward, we concentrated all our efforts on fruit production. We used to get up at three in the morning to take our produce to Zagorje or Trbovlje,” recalls Stojan. When the development of viticulture began in Italy, the Ščurek family saw this as their opportunity. “There was a great demand for grapes, and the cooperative began to grow. Slowly we began planting vines on all our land,” explains Stojan. Today, altogether, they have 22 hectares of vineyards.