Santa Elena


Santa Elena

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A red wine, Merlot and Refosco coupage. A full body wine of mild bouquet with the notes of forest fruits, cinnamon and carob.

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Santa Elena is a red wine, Merlot and Refosco coupage. It has been named after the vineyard in the vicinity of Oprtalj, lying 420 m above sea level, which also makes it among the highest positioned grapevines of the region. This is a full body wine of mild bouquet with the notes of forest fruits, cinnamon and carob. It is perfectly paired with red meat dishes as well as rich spicy dishes. It is best served at room temperature.

Grape variety: Merlot 50%, Refosco 50%

Category: Dry red wine

Alcohol: 14,5% vol

Wine growing area:Central Istria, Croatia

Vineyard: Santa Elena – 420m altitude

Technology: Spontaneous fermentation on the skins, without the addition of enzymes. Separated maceration – one for each vineyard, for 15-25 days. Own yeasts.

Aging: In small wooden barrels 12-16 months

Pairing: Red meat and spicy dishes. 

Serving temperature:  Best served at room temperature.

Ipša is a family estate which has been producing extra virgin olive oil and wine for more than 20 years and is today a well-known and accepted brand on both Croatian and world gastronomical maps. You will find them surrounded by olive groves in a small hamlet, Ipši, just 10 minutes away from Oprtalj, a picturesque medieval village situated high on a hill. Just a stone’s throw from Slovenia, 200 metres above the sea level in north western Istria the landscape here is absolutely breathtaking with small stone houses dotted around the hills, deep forests, plains, meadows and paths leading food and wine lovers to new discoveries. In 1998, the Ipša family decided to return to the family tradition and start restoring the old olive groves. Already in 2001, they were among the first to start picking olives by variety, which affirmed them at the very beginning of olive growing on the Croatian, and soon the world olive scene.

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