This year's Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy for Slovenian White under £15 went to Pullus, Sauvignon Dry, Podravje 2013 (12.7%)

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‘A life that didn’t involve wine was not an option – my first vintage was 36 years ago when I was aged just one,’ says Pullus’ winemaker Bojan Kobal. ‘But professionally,’ he concedes, ‘my first vintage was 2002.’

Justifiably proud of the achievements of the ancient winery at Ptuj in Slovenia’s picturesque Podravje region, Kobal is responsible not only for two Regional Trophies this year for its Pullus label, but also managed accolades for all three of the wines entered under the Ptujska Klet label too, including a Silver for its 2012 Laski Riesling.

With its invigorating herbal characters, this Trophy winner was compared very favourably by the Central & Eastern Europe judging panel to quality Sancerre, but for a fraction of the price.

The winery can trace its origins back as far as 1239, making it by some margin the oldest winery in Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia, with a library of old vintages dating to 1917.

The modern winery has won more than 200 gold and silver medals internationally over the past 10 years. The Pullus brand was introduced in 2008 and the philosophy behind it is to focus on wines that prioritise varietal expression and gastronomic pairing.

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