There’s a saying in the property business that the 3 most important factors in determining how much you can sell your house for are ‘location, location and location’. It seems it’s much the same with wine; a bottle we opened recently could easily have cost twice as much if it had come from one of the more fashionable parts of the wine world – Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé, perhaps – yet the delicious, Sauvignon Blanc-based white, Krasno, was just £7.99 from Majestic! Why? It came from Slovenia.
Not to be confused with Slovakia, (the eastern part of the now divided Czechoslovakia), Slovenia was always the most forward and outward looking part of the former Yugoslavia from a wine point of view and, in 1992, the country was the 1st to declare independence. Some of its vineyards, particularly those in the Goriska Brda area, where Krasno comes from, adjoin those of Italy’s Friuli region and, in fact, a number of growers have land on both sides of the border; how do they label their wine if it’s blended from some grapes from their Italian vineyards and some from Slovenia, I wonder?
But, back to the Krasno: apart from the Sauvignon Blanc, the blend also comprises a high quality grape variety local to both Friuli and Slovenia: Ribolla Gialla. The combination produces an attractive, quite fragrant white with hints of elderflower and lovely ripe pears on the palate. Although the Sauvignon is the majority grape, you wouldn’t immediately identify it as the flavours are richer than a Loire Sauvignon and with less tropical fruit than a New Zealand example. It seems the Ribolla Gialla is punching above its weight and giving the wine real ripeness and character. For just £7.99, the length is excellent, too.
And that’s all due to where this wine comes from. Customers will pay for famous names and well-known regions so, if you’re looking for a real bargain, remember the property motto: location, location and location.