This year's Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy for Slovenian White over £15 went to Pullus, Sauvignon G, Podravje 2013 (12.9%)

Tasted against:

  • No other Golds in this category


Pullus achieved an astonishing double this year, with a pair of Trophy-winning Sauvignon Blancs. Steeped in a viticultural tradition that dates back to the Roman introduction of vines in AD69, winemaker Bojan Kobal is an advocate of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in particular.

In cool climates such as Slovenia, he says the variety benefits enormously from being planted on steep clay/marl slopes, where the chilly, marginal temperatures accentuate its aromas and flavours.

This Trophy-winner is a 6,000-bottle reserve wine originating from Pullus’ oldest vineyards – quite significant given the average vine age is an impressive 25 years.

Bojan ascribes the success of both Trophy winners to strict fruit selection and a desire to make vivid wines with ‘pure varietal DNA – that is, Sauvignon Blanc that really tastes like Sauvignon Blanc’. He emphasises that harvesting at the right time in order to catch the fruit at its most expressive is also of paramount importance when it comes to maintaining such a refined and distinctly European style.

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