Tasting: Funky raspberry, blackberry and a touch of spice and minerality.
Grape: 100% Blaufrankisch
Blaufrankisch is grown across central Europe and is primarily found in the central european countries of Hungary, Austria, Germany, and Slovakia.
In Slovenia, the grape is known as Modra Frankinja. At present, there are 2,759,316 reeds of Blaufrankish that are planted in Slovenia, which grow on almost 700 hectares of wine-growing areas.This represents 4.68 percent of all plantations in the country. The variety of Blue Frankish is spread in two wine-growing regions Podravje and Posavje. It's the fourth most common variety of red grapes in Slovenia.
Slovenian Styria (Štajerska) wine–growing region and Haloze subdistrict rank among the most exclusive wine-growing sites in Europe. These outstanding sites had been renowned for millennia, as there are evidences about continuous tradition of viticulture and viniculture in this area from the Roman period, throughout the centuries to the time of Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and to this day.
The soil is rich in marl and vines are more than 35 years old in average, so their roots go deep into the ground, therefore they can absorb a rich minerality of the soil and accumulate it in grapes that finally results in full and sophisticated taste
Vinification: Unfiltered. Primary fermentation in stainless steel with no added yeast. Secondary fermentation in the bottle.
Age of vines: 35 years
About the Winemaker:
Born in Slovenia in 1977, Bojan Kobal started his career when he graduated as engineer in Food Science and Technology from the University of Ljubljana Biotechnical University in 1996.
Since 2002 Bojan has worked as a winemaker and wine judge and in 2004 he joined Angela Muir and her winemaking team at the famous Ptuj Winery (Pullus).
From the time Bojan joined the winery, Ptuj wines began receiving the highest honors. They won over 195 Grand Gold, gold and silver medals at competitions around the world, including San Francisco, Concours Mondial de Bruexelles; Concours Mondial du Sauvignon; AWC Vienna, Japan Wine Challange, Vinoforum; Vinalies; Mundus Vini, China Wine Awards, Selections Mondiales des Vins Canada;Decanter; Vino Ljubljana and Vino Slovenia. He is the most awarded winemaker in the Slovenia.
Bojan started his own Kobal brand in 2015. He continues to put the wines from the selected vineyards of Slovenian Styria (Štajerska) on the world’s wine map.