That’s the headline in this Telegraph piece from a few days ago which focuses largely on Puklavec & Friends, a winery in the Jeruzalem Ormož district of Slovenia’s eastern Podravje region, whose influence in the country, and its reputation elsewhere, continues to grow.
In the piece the writer Victoria Moore also tackles Furmint, the Hungarian dry white varietal closely associated with Tokaji, and generally known in Slovenia as Šipon. Says her friend Joe, who introduced her to the region:
“It’s very special, what they’ve got. It’s too cold for reds. So you’ve got whites and they share the austerity and clarity of what I think of as Danubian whites – ones made along the course of the Danube, which I know doesn’t go through Slovenia, but with their clear crispness they belong in that class. I’ve never been one for Monet or Manet. I like Canaletto. There’s still a flow, but the detail is extraordinary.”
It’s clever to blend furmint with sauvignon blanc – two high-acid, refreshing grapes, one a friendly face, the furmint contributing interest so you get a racy start and a more serious than expected finish.
“And it’s exciting,” says Joe, “because if you ask the average person what Slovenian wine meant you’d have a cartoon man with a glass and a thought bubble with nothing in it. No preconceptions.”
Coincidentally (or not), the story was published just as Puklavec & Friends Sauvignon Blanc-Furmint was set to go out sale in 457 Tesco shops across the UK.