Vino Gross

Štajerska Slovenija | Gorca | Podlehnik

Michael Gross is a young, fifth generation winemaker entrusted with opening a new chapter of his family’s story in Štajerska Slovenija (Styrian Slovenia). In 2004, luck brought the Gross family prime vineyards in Gorca and Colles, some 60 km (40 miles) south of their home in Ratsch, Austria. With climate, terrain, and varieties that are strikingly similar to southern Styria’s, it was natural for the family to put down roots here. Through farming organically, hand harvesting, working with spontaneous fermentations, malo, extended lees contact, and bottle aging, these wines are lively, engaging introductions to a region in thrilling revival.

Vino Gross 2020 Gorca Furmint

After Welschriesling (Laški Rizling), Furmint is the second-most planted grape variety in Slovenia. It is also known as Šipon, a variety that has been taken to great fame in Hungary with its famous sweet wines from Tokaji. In 2008 Johannes and Michael Gross paid a visit to István Szepsy, the pioneer of dry Furmint, in order to buy a selection of his best grape vines. They bred the vines and planted them on the terraces in Gorca. The wine now includes these vines in addition to older vines averaging 65 years in age. The wine is pressed whole cluster and spontaneously fermented in 2600 L oak. Elevage continues for 10-12 months in oak, followed by several months in stainless before bottling.

  • 2020
  • Furmint
  • Slovenia
  • Štajerska Slovenija
  • Gorca
  • Certified Organic
  • South
  • Lime rich clay, marl
  • 10 months neutral barrel, 4 months stainless
  • 2600 liter neutral barrel
  • 1.5
  • 750 ml

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