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The Kabaj homestead in Šlovrenc near Dobrovo is home to Katja Kabaj Morel and Jean-Michel Morel, a French oenologist who, after working in numerous cellars in France (in Bordeaux and Languedoc) and Italy (in Collio) married into a family in Slovenia 22 years ago. Having had a long winegrowing tradition on their farm, they decided to bottle their own wine for the first time in 1993

The Kabaj homestead has 55000 vines in vineyards in two locations in the Brda Hills. The average grape yield is 1,5 kg per vine.

Jean-Michel Morel says he must first like his own wines in order for him to even present them to others. His wines are made of grapes that were cultivated on heavy, properly tilled soil.

The Kabaj homestead produces between 60000 and 70000 bottles annually. All of their wines age for at least one year in small French barrels, and then also in bottles for another few months.

Morel macerates white wines for at least a day, but Ribolla Gialla (Rebula), the white queen of the Brda Hills, is macerated for approximately 30 days. In this way, the wine acquires its fruitness (its characteristic bouquet and grape flavor), minerals and its typical golden colour. The Ribolla (Rebula) wine represents the best and most effective image of the Kabaj homestead, their view of wine and their serious attitude towards winemaking, which takes both historical and natural factors into account.

For production of his famous “Amfora” wine, Morel uses special clay vessels known as “qvevri” for wine maceration and fermentation. All the 3500-litre “qvevri” vessels are buried in the ground. During fermentation, which lasts for about one month and a half, all vessels are closed airtight. Then, the wine and the lees are poured into large oak barrels, where they age for one year. The wine continuous to age in bottles for another year.

When it comes to reds, Morel takes a more classical approach, with 21-day maceration in concrete vessels and 2-3 years fermentation in French oak barrels, followed by 4-months aging in bottles.

More than once the Kabaj winery has been awarded “Top 100 Wineries of the year” by the “Wine and Spirits Magazine”, with a lot of Kabaj wines scored 90+ points by experts.

£19.09  
Sauvignon Vert / Sauvignonasse / Friulano/ Tokay, Rich and Full-bodied wine, 0,75 L, Slovenia

Aromatic wine with a gorgeous, complex fruity bouquet

Color, Aroma and Taste: The wine, made of the grape variety once called Tocai Friulano or Briški Tokaj, is crystalline with a straw yellow colour. Its bouquet is very fruity, with ripe peach, pear and apricot kernel aroma. The sensation of fruitiness persists in the mouth with a fresh and pleasant medium length finish. It goes well with white meat and fish. 

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Pinot Blanc / Beli Pinot, Rich and Full-bodied wine, 0,75 L, Slovenia

Fans will appreciate the casual sophistication and elegant structure of this wine

Color, Aroma and Taste: The wine is crystalline with light golden yellow colour. Its freshness is noticeable, despite its obvious density. Its sophisticated yet long lasting bouquet reveals the fruitiness of ripe apples and minerality. The wine fills the mouth nicely, repeating the sensations from the nose. The finish is long and fresh, dominated by pleasant acids and minerality. Beli pinot is an elegant, harmonious, full-bodied wine, a perfect match for white fish, grilled or oven-baked, or even for Prosciutto with mild sweet flavour.

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Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, Medium-bodied wine, 0,75 L, Slovenia

Fruity wine with nice minerality and long fresh finish

Color, Aroma and Taste: The wine is crystalline with a straw yellow colour and coppery shades. It has a pleasant fruity nose with a hint of green apple and a touch of floral scents. Its fruitiness is preserved in the mouth. Its minerality is expressed in a long fresh finish. It's a perfect match for rich pasta dishes, as well as for vegetable dishes.

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£22.49  
Rebula, Rich and Full-bodied wine, 0,75 L, Slovenia

Mineral and fruitty, with intense finish

Color, Aroma and Taste: The wine is crystalline with golden yellow colour . The bouquet is dominated by the vanilla notes and the fruity notes of white peach and grapes. The fruitiness, specially the taste of the grapes persist in the mouth and its minerality is perceived. The finish is long and intense. It's full-bodied, so it's a perfect match for structured dishes, such as white meat and vegetables. 

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Sauvignon Blanc, Medium-bodied wine, 0,75 L, Slovenia

One of the best Sauvignon Blancs - a beautifully fruity wine from a Slovene family estate of Kabaj

Color, Aroma and Taste: The wine is crystalline with intense golden yellow colour, playful in the glass. Its long-lasting bouquet is dominated by minerality and soft honeyed wild flowers. The sensations from the nose repeat themselves in the mouth; minerality prevails, we can feel the notes of wood. Fresh wine with a long clean aftertaste. It's similar in style to the French Sauvignon from the Loire Valley. It's harmonious thus it's best served with structured vegetable dishes, asparagus, shrimp and truffle dishes.

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£27.49  
Merlot, Rich and Full-bodied wine, 0,75 L, Slovenia

One of the best Merlot ever!

Color, Aroma and Taste: Ruby red colour, dense in a glass. Ripe plum, plum jam aroma with a hint of smoke. Rich and full taste in the mouth. Long finish, still a bit tannic, with not very rough texture of tannins. It is still going through the phase of structuring. It will gradually smooth out and take on the characteristics of a typical Merlot. It's a perfect match for strong tasting meat dishes and grilled red meat.

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£32.49  
Blend: Merlot + Cabernet Sauvignon + Cabernet Franc + Petit Verdot, Rich and Full-bodied wine, 0,75 L, Slovenia

Very rich and fruitty

Color, Aroma and Taste: The wine has a very dark ruby red colour, it leaves long viscous streaks on a glass. Intense, complex bouquet, well balanced. A mixture of small red fruits and forest undergrowth aromas. The taste is rich, the fruitiness and the freshness persist in the mouth. Mineral notes and mild spiciness can be perceived. The finish is long and fresh; small grained tannins and its freshness offer high potentials to this wine. It's harmonious and it matches with complex red meat and game meat dishes as well as with ripe, moderately spicy cheese.

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£77.49  
Blend: Ribolla + Malvasia + Sauvignon Vert (Tokai), Rich and Full-bodied wine, 0,75 L, Slovenia

A very rich and gorgiously complex wine - for real wine connoisseurs

Color, Aroma and Taste: The wine is crystalline with an intensive yellow colour and shades of amber. It's dense and it leaves viscous streaks on the edge of a glass. Its bouquet is intense and refined. The first nose is honeyed, later its fruity aroma of orange peel and dried apple slices prevails, combined with hints of pepper spiciness . The sensation of fruitiness and honeyed taste persist in the mouth. The finish is intense and long, mineral and fresh. A very complex wine. In combination with food it breaks down all the stereotypes : it matches perfectly with a fawn fillet.

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