Gabernik 23 Macerated Rumeni Muskat

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Winemaker: Nicholas Gee

Appellation: Štajerska, Slovenia

Grape Variety: Muscat

Take an aromatically intoxicating grape (that can maybe turn some people off) and coax the maximum amount of texture, color, flavor and aroma out of it by fermenting on its skins for 3+ weeks and the result sounds like a vinous disaster.  Oh ye of little faith… Nick nailed this wine as a baseline for orange wines and one where the grape and process intersect, resulting in a wine that perfectly balances the Muscat expressiveness withe a more tame and subdued reference point.

The fruit was hand-harvested and destemmed without crushing into small, open-top plastic fermenters.  Spontaneous fermentation occurred with just a bit of hand plunging.  After 24 days the wine went dry and was pressed to tank where it settled overnight, before being racked to old French barriques for maturation.  Malolactic fermentation carried out naturally and the wine was lightly sulfured in the summer post-malo.  Two months later it was racked to tank and bottled without fining or filtration and just another small addition of sulfur.

Gabernik 23 is a small family-owned winery in Štajerska, Slovenia. Janko Bogatic started working alongside his father in his family’s vineyards at the age of ten. While he seemed destined for a career in dairy farming, at 18 Janko was forced to return to the family property to manage the vineyards after the sudden passing of his father. Now, almost 30 years later, Janko is farming 9 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes around Ritoznoj in the foothills of the Pohorje range. While some of the grapes are sold to another local winemaker, Janko began bottling his own wines under the Gabernik 23 label in 2018. There are many varieties planted in the Gabernik 23 vineyards, but the focus is on the less fashionable varieties, like Yellow Muscat and Zweigelt. The aim is to show that with a little love and respect these grapes can produce some stunning wines.