Climate: Continental cool climate, with snowy and cold winters, and sunny and mild spring, with sun-drenching summers.
Terrain: Continental micro-climate on the steep hills and valleys of Lipoglav, located by the beautiful town of Loče in northeast Slovenia. All vineyards are located on steep 45˚ slopes with southern-exposure, ranging from 100 meters to 480 meters above sea level. Nights are refreshingly chilly, as the winds whip around the sharp hills and valleys. The soil made up of marl, clay and sand.
Farming: No irrigation in the vineyards, spraying as necessary depending upon climate conditions. Most years only sulfites, sometime copper, and rarely other substances allowed under Slovenian integrated farming regulations.
Vinification: This is a new wine, made for the first time in 2019. Embracing the minimal intervention approach in the cellar, hand-harvested grapes were destemmed and spontaneously fermented in stainless steel tanks. 2 day maceration. Still fermenting wine was bottled in October and then roughly disgorged in February.
Tasting Notes: All of the pinot noir grapes that would normally be reserved for rosé were used to experiment with the first ever Sanctum winery pet nat. The resulting wine is a yeasty sparkling rosé with some cloudy sediment and lively bubbles. Juicy and bright, with aromas of cranberry and raspberry.
The sugar level is in check and the fruit is subtle enough that you can enjoy it with food like charcuterie and salads, or a forest berry dessert. Chill well! This wine is alive.