Slovenia Sauvignon

A classy Sauvignon Blanc for the Indian summer…It may be unusually hot in many parts of Europe for picking grapes and making wine – some of the producers that I’m talking to say that it’s a challenging year – but here in England the lovely warm autumn days are compensating for a dreary August. So I’m holding on more wintry food in favour of lighter dishes and wines to go with them. Slovenia’s wines are just the ticket for this time of year.

The country’s wines are becoming easier to find here in the UK and I’ve been impressed by many that I have tasted over the last year or two. Most of Slovenia’s wines are white and the styles are generally very pure, fresh, lively and distinctly European in style with similarities to Italy’s Friuli wines in the Mediterranean west and Austria’s whites to the north-east of the country.

One that I’d like to recommend is the Sauvignon Blanc from Puklavec & Friends, a modern winery located in Stajerska in the Podravje wine region bordering Austria. Here the continental climate is ideal for growing a wide variety of grapes including the local grape Sipon (Furmint), Laski Rizling (Welschriesling) and Sylvaner as well as Sauvignon.

Puklavec’s Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 vintage, is a wonderfully aromatic, zesty Sauvignon with enough structure to complement food. This wine makes a good aperitif – ideally with some smoked salmon blinis – but it’s also a great match for many simple fish-based dishes. Try it with linguine (or similar pasta), prawns, olive oil, thinly sliced courgettes and a teaspoon of chopped dill. Enjoy! I’m off to have lunch in the garden…

Find this wine at: Waitrose (£8.99) and www.winesunfurled.com