Crisp and almost neutral, very light in body with a hint of peach and basil on the palate. This wine spent 2 weeks on the skin, with native yeasts only, followed by 2 years in oak, after undergoing full malolactic fermentation.
The Kabaj family cultivates 12 ha of vineyards, at two sites in Brda (Šlovrenc, Belo), with the plantation of 55.000 grapevines. A major part, up to 70%, is white , dominated by Ribolla Gialla and Tokai Friulano (Sauvignonasse), two autochthonous grapevines . Their white grapevine varieties also include Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon and Malvasia. Their red grapevine varieties are dominated by Merlot and they include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot as well. Average vine age is 30 years; vines are planted on terraced slopes. Vine training is single Guyot. They practice sustainable wine production - vines are fertilized with barn horse manure and are grassed. Average grape yield is 1,5 kg / vine.
Jean Michel was born in October 1966 in Antony, a part of Paris. His homeland marked significantly his life and his profession. He grew up in the multicultural part of Paris and he spent the summers working near Bordeaux, where he encountered his greatest passion – the art of wine making. He gained knowledge, experience and discovered the secrets of viticulture in various French wine regions and cellars. Let us list only some of them: Chateau De Jau Rivesaltes near Perpignan in the south of France, the homestead of Michel Laroch near Languedoc Ruslon and the homestead of Domaine Bordenave Longon near Bordeaux, where he excelled as the main cellarman. He continued his professional life working in the wine cellar Borgo Conventi in neighbouring Friuli, where he worked as the main cellarman for many years. His marriage to Katja Kabaj in 1989 finally made him settle down at the Kabaj homestead in Šlovrenc in Goriška Brda.