Burja Wine Estate

Burja Bela 2021


Maceration - short skin contact (3-6 days), spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast without temp. control, aging 30% in concrete Wine eggs + 70% in big Foudre oak barrels, no fining, no filtration. We have loved this wine for over ten vintages - it's still just as enticing - texture, aroma, flavor - it gives it all! Golden yellow hues (and fruits), with a rocky minerality and orange zest. This vintage definitely posseses a slight smoked quality that adds to its intrigue.

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Type: Orange
Vintage: 2021
Size: 750 mL
Grape: Malvazija, Rebula, Welshriesling + Others
Region: Vipava Valley, Slovenia
Vinification: From the importer (Zev Rovine): Burja Estate was born in 2009 when some old vineyards were given to Primož Lavrenčič as a family inheritance. The idea of the new estate was to connect a traditional Vipava winegrowing culture with modern understanding of wine. Vipava has one of the oldest documented traditions of extended skin maceration – local priest Matija Vertovec wrote Vinoreja za Slovence (Winemaking for Slovenians) in 1844, talks about “the old Vipava method” of using a week’s skin contact for white grapes. The farm is over 9 hectares of densely planted vineyards now, with almost all the vineyards exposed to the east. Only the local grape varieties are grown: Rebula, Malvazija, Laški Rizling, Zelen, Refošk, Pokalca, Frankinja. In addition, they grow 1.20 ha of Pinot Noir. The wine cellar is deep underground and the wine barrels are full, so in that way the temperature and oxidation are controlled. All wines are spontaneously fermented with no additives or unnecessary interventions made during the process – only with a small addition of sulfites added before the bottling (20 – 30 mg/l). All of the work in the vineyards is done biodynamically. The main directive of the winery is to enhance the terroir, especially the soil. All of the soil in the vineyards is developed on flysch, however, it differs slightly according to lithologic varieties of the bedrock below the soil. Luckily, this adds diversity to the wines.

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