Cultus Zelen 2023 - indigenous grape variety from Podraga

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The Zelen is an indigenous wine variety from the Vipava Valley, and its name means "Green." The wine's aroma is reminiscent of Mediterranean herbs like rosemary and lavender with a hint of fruity peach. Its full and noble body perfectly combines freshness and delicacy.

Carefully harvested with a lot of hard work and selection throughout the year, fully ripe grapes are harvested in autumn, macerated for 4 days, and then fermented for 12 months in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Minimal intervention is used to produce the wine in its natural state. No sulfites or any additives were used throughout the year; instead, active batonnage (stirring of the lees) is carried out. After malolactic fermentation and some aging, the wine is bottled unfiltered with a minimal amount of sulfites. Its characteristic and uncomplicated taste make it an unforgettable experience for any wine lover.
 
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Recommended Enjoyment Moments

The wine pairs well with light Mediterranean dishes, potato dishes, roasted vegetables, pumpkin soup, pasta dishes, as well as fish and seafood dishes. The ideal serving temperature is around 15°C, as this is when the wine will reveal its full potential. It is recommended to use large wine glasses (e.g., Zalto Bordeaux) to enhance the drinking experience. The Zelen is the perfect choice for special occasions or an elegant dinner.

For optimal storage of Cultus Zelen, a cool, dark place, ideally a wine cellar, is recommended. With a constant temperature and appropriate humidity, this wine can further develop its flavor profile over the years. Once opened, the wine can be enjoyed within a few days. Decanting before serving will further intensify the tasting experience.
 
Wine region in Slovenia

A historic small winery with an ecological mindset: Cultus Winery
The organic farm of Cultus is surrounded by a stone wall of the small village of Podraga in Primorska. The village, located at the beginning of the Vipava Valley, is a historic wine village mentioned by Johann Weikhard von Valvasor (a Slovenian polymath & topographer). It is difficult to determine how far back the art of winemaking on the current estate dates. Considering the earliest recorded date, its beginning can be traced back to the year 1683. Matej has been a farmer since childhood. Once a traditional mixed farm, today it is his key to producing and living with ecological wine.

Starting in 2023, the vineyards will have an organic certification with the European organic label. This certification ensures that the grapes used in wine production are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, mineral fertilizers, and herbicides. Biomass is used as fertilizer. The vineyards are surrounded by diverse greenery like trees and shrubs where insects can live, breed, and feed. Additionally, there are numerous "insect hotels" in the vineyards.

A small area (4 ha) of family-owned vineyards is cultivated. The organic vineyards are part of the dynamic landscape and are located on various plots around the village. The vineyards are planted with the white, indigenous varieties Zelen and Pinela. Additionally, there are Istrian Malvasia, Italian Riesling (Welschriesling), and the red varieties Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah.

The level of mechanization is low – most of the work in the vineyards is done manually, as in the past.

Product data and information

Avail since:
19-07-2024
Certified Demeter farm:
Expansion type:
small wooden barrel
Fits to:
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Vegetarian dishes
Mash standing time:
2 weeks
Shelf life:
at least 10-15 years
Variety:
  • Zelen
Vegan:
Vintage:
  • 2023
Organic cultivation:
Ingredients and derivatives thereof that may cause allergies:
O - Sulfites: Sulfur dioxide and sulfite in a concentration higher than 10 mg/liter (E220 - E228)
Net quantity:
0,75 Liter
Alcohol content:
13% vol
Colors:
Straw yellow
Product from:
Slovenia

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