A Trio From Colja – Zelen 2016, Malvazija 2016 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Colja Zelen 2016
Colja Malvazija 2016
Colja Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Vipava Valley district, Primorska, Slovenia

Vipava valley wine district
Vipava valley wine district

I mentioned Colja’s Pinela a few weeks ago. Here are three more recent releases from a recent tasting at Dvorni Bar in Ljubljana to round out half of the Vipava Valley producer’s eight varietal bottlings.

Located in the village of Steske in the Branik valley that runs almost parallel just to the south of the larger Vipava Valley, the Colja family farms about 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of vineyards, producing about 60% white varietals and 40% red.

Colja Zelen 2016

First up, Colja’s zelen, the local white varietal which at the moment isn’t produced anywhere else on the planet.

Green apple, dried fruit on the nose; honeyed, almost caramelized pear, apricot and ripe peach on the palate. That said, it’s a slightly less fruity version than other Zelen I’ve tried recently, with nuttier notes. Medium bodied, nicely-rounded, long finish. Aged for one year in stainless steel.
About 4000 bottles produced.

Colja Malvazija 2016

Very aromatic and pronounced on the nose, flowery almost, with sour apple on the nose and palate. Dry, and a little oily.

Most Malvasia in Slovenia and Croatia’s Istrian peninsula is grown near the coast. This will be of particular interest to those wanting to try an inland Malvazija. It’s an entirely different experience. Aged in stainless steel for 16 months.
About 5000 bottles produced.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

A little tight at first, but opens quickly into a decent well-rounded effort. Aged in oak for 24 months. Slightly nutty and green on the nose initially –dare I say peanut butter?– then forest berry, jam. A little smoky on the edges. Long strawberry finish. A good Cabernet Sauvignon for under 9 EUR.
About 5000 bottles produced.

Vina Colja
Steske 11, 5295 Branik

All prices local (Ljubljana). Tasted Jan 2017.


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