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Gasper Chardonnay Rebula 2015 £11.95
One of our favourite white wine finds of recent times is the best way to describe this. It really does deliver serious value for money from an up and coming region making waves around the world.
Gasper is located in Goriška Brda, Slovenia which sits across the border from Northern Eastern Italy and continues the stretch of land the Collio Fruili Venezia sits on, which is world renowned for the quality of its white wines, particularly the unique Ribolla Gialla (Rebula in Slovenia), Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Gasper is fortunate in its location also in that it is influenced by both the Adriatic sea and Alps mountain ranges, which combined with the marl type soil structure leads to wines with great freshness and character.
The Chardonnay/Rebula is a slightly unusual blend of 55% Chardonnay and 45% Rebula, or which 95% is fermented in stainless steel and 5% in large Slavonian oak casks. This small amount of oak fermentation adds a lovely texture to the wine which we found particularly attractive. The wine then spent several months in stainless steel tank after fermention was complete and did not undergo malo-lactic fermentation in order to retain the lovely freshness this wine is noted for.
The resulting wine is fresh and fruity with notes of citrus and peach, with a lovely palate weight and great balance.
Try with white meats or fish with cream based sauces.