primus inter pares 2017

podravje, slovenia

 

VARIETALS: 33.3% Chardonnay, 33.3% Kerner, 33.3% Muscat Ottonel

CLIMATE: Continental with Alpine influences

VINEYARD: 25-30 year old vines; slopes of 20-30%, with southern exposure to the Drava River Valley; soils are sandy clay over marl and lime sandstone

FARMING: Native grass ground cover; vines trained for optimal sun exposure; grapes hand-harvested

WINEMAKING: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks

ABOUT THE NAME: Meaning 'first among equals' in Latin, this cuvĂ©e is the first of the vintage, a "harbinger of an extraordinary vintage and an ancestor of the wines that will follow."