Kupljen “Spirit of Svetinje” White Wine Blend, Jeruzalem, Slovenia.

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34% Chardonnay, 33% Renski Riesling, 33% Pinot Gris



Kupljen “Spirit of Svetinje” White Wine Blend, Slovenia.

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Kupljen “Spirit of Svetinje” White Wine Blend, Slovenia.


How…the bloody-hell….is this wine so light in color for an ‘03? I have seriously never seen anything like this before. I can’t tell a lie, my expectations were low on this wine right from the start.

How I tend to review wines is that first I photograph the bottle, then chill, taste and photograph the actual “in glass” shot. The problem with my method is that a great number of times the initial photos are wasted if I’m not a fan of the wine, and therefore I don’t do a review.

Luckily that’s not the case here.

Nowhere near as sweet as I was expecting; in-fact, hardly any residual sugar at all. Super-complex, yet delicate on the nose. Pear, wet stone, light apricot, solid lemon and lime at the core. Crisp and refreshing all the way with an extensive finish. Kind-of reminds me of an Austrian Gruner Veltliner. A little caramel/nutty quality on the finish, because of the age.

I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the most surprised I have EVER been when tasting a wine in quite some time! Do yourself a favor and grab a bottle.


Kupljen “Spirit of Svetinje” White Wine Blend, Slovenia.


Pair it with all your favorite Slovenian foods! You don’t have any favorite Slovenia foods? Wow, do I really have to do all the work for you!?!?
Ok, how’s about: grilled white fish, pork, liver, pate, citrus salads, veal; or perfect for simply sipping by the pool, as your stare out onto the hills of Jeruzalemsko-Svetinjske…



Sold as part of a three-pack ($59.95) from mypreferredwines.com Look-out for reviews on the other wines here shortly!

My friends at My Preferred Wines have actually been quite gracious and given me my very own 10% off coupon code for your purchase of this already discounted deal! Use coupon code: FLWine10 at the checkout for your discount.

Kupljen “Spirit of Svetinje” White Wine Blend, Slovenia.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.graeser.7 Mark Graeser

    Sounds delish! I just tried a Slovenian Sauvignon Blanc the other day- also a huge surprise! Full of vibrant fruit and chalky minerality- will easily age- this was a 2011 from Domaine Ciringa called Fosilni Breg for the fossils in the soil. Actually made by Austrian producer Tement, from vineyards right across the border from his own Sauvignon Blanc.

    • http://www.blogyourwine.com/ Kris Chislett

      Hey Mark! Apologies for the delayed response. Very cool! Yeah, my expectations were understandably ultra-low. Like I said, my biggest surprise was that it held-up as well as it did….although a day open (cork in) in the fridge and it died pretty quickly.

  • europhile

    Delighted to see a review of a Slovenian wine from such a relatively small producer.

    One Slovenian dish which springs to mind is Prekmurska Gibanica which I think I can safely say is one of the most delicious puddings I have ever tasted.