2011 Movia Puro

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2011 Movia Puro

Originally founded in 1820, the Movia winery and estate in Brda (Slovenia) had already become one of Europe’s most famous wineries in the years that followed World War II. Its celebrity was bolstered by the fact that its wines were favorites of Marshal Tito who ruled over Slovenia and its neighbor Croatia as part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 1980.

Located in the village of Ceglo in the heart of the Brda appellation, literally a stone’s throw from the Italian border, Movia is widely put the Slovenia on the map of the world’s great wine regions in the late 1990s when the interest in wines grown in former Eastern Bloc states began to flourish.

The current generation of Movia is led by winemaker Aleš Kristančič who is as renowned for his passionate embrace of organic and biodynamic farming practices as he is for his larger-than-life personality and ingenious approach to winemaking.

Today, Aleš primarily grows Rebula, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Noir — all without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides. The Rebula and Pinot Grigio are generally bottled separately while the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are used in blended wines.

Chardonnay 60%, Ribolla 40% Puro starts off where other champagnes end their lives and go on to age. A Puro turned upside-down can live forever, as its permanently present yeasts are capable of keeping it alive for years. There is only as much suplhur as the yeasts themselves produce. A medium orange-red color. Red fruits on the nose, well matured, tertiary, yet still plenty of freshness. Dry, very homogeneous on the palate, the base wine was probably partly matured in fresh wood as there are gentle herbal notes present. A very complex, long-lasting, excellent sparkling wine.

Characteristic late harvest, hand picked, short vine-to-fermentation times (max. 2h). Primary fermentation in large tanks on natural yeasts obtained from the same pre-harvested grapes (5%). Macerated 1 day, hence the sensitive rosé hue. Followed by gentle pressing at low pressure levels. Secondary fermentation completed in barrique barrels on the lees, no racking. No sulphur or any other preservatives used before bottling. Following four years of maturing in barrique barrels the wine completes all its natural processes and become naturally stable, ready for a long life.

Puro is a very special sparkling wine as it is not disgorged by the producer. This is left to you, when you open the bottle (instructions included with purchase). The wine thus continues its life with its own natural yeasts in the bottle until the very end and it contains no preservatives. The advantage is that the wine has an endless life. Some may find this procedure of opening the wine unpractical. But Movia believes that practicality is a factor taken into consideration only with regard to the outside world, never with regard to the inner-self or life in general.