Slovenian Wine Tasting – P&F Wineries (14/5/14)

 “A superb tasting was conducted by Ms. Kirstin Veldkamp of P&F Wineries for Guild members.  Not only was it informative but it gave us an insight into the ‘Furmint’ grape and a broad overview of this visually stunning countries tradition of winemaking.  It is reputed that the Puklavec family have invested 30million in a radical and innovative revamp of their winery that is equipped with the latest  ‘state-of-the-art’ technologies.

This family run winery is spearheaded by Vladmir Puklavecis who along with his team are constantly in the pursuit of excellence by producing high quality wines.  P&F Wineries are creating some very intriguing and appealing wines that have won numerous international awards such as Decanter and IWSC over the last couple of years.  They have their own nurseries which produce 240,000 new vines every year.

As the company’s Winemaker Mitja Herga states their mission is to “reflect the vineyard into the glass”.

Some of the gems we tasted on the day from the company’s ‘Gomila’ brand were – the ‘Furmint – 2012’ and the ‘Sauvignon Blanc – 2012’.  We tasted two special wines which came from their wineries archive – ‘Furmint Spatlese – 1993’ and ‘Furmint Trockenbeerenauslese -1978’.  These wines can be bought directly off their website www.archivewines.com.

Jancis Robinson is on record as quoting Slovenia as – “a country of extreme wine making” with “their white wines as the most original gift to the world of wine”.

Maybe now is an opportunity to branch out from your comfort zone and go for a Slovenian wine, yes they may be in a slightly higher price bracket, but you will not be disappointed!

To find out more about the company and their wines please view their website www.pfwineries.com or email Kirstin Veldkamp – kveldkamp@pfwineries.com or contact their distributor in Ireland amanda.cardiff@cassidywines.com Ph: 01-4668900“.  [Caroline O’Dowd] ©

 

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A tasting of Slovenian Wines will take place  at the United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,2 on Wednesday, 14th May,2014 at 3pm