Domaine Slapšak

The new generation is writing a new chapter of the story that Martin and Tanja began back in 1988. The wines now carry a French-Slovenian brand name, Domaine Slapšak, which symbolises the marriage of the French techniques and Slovenian traditions from which their vibrant sparkling wines are born.
The family estate of Domaine Slapšak lies in the lush green hills of the Slovenian region of Lower Carniola. Wine has been a family affair for a long time. When the head of the family, Martin, returned to his native Telče in 1988, he continued a winemaking tradition that had been nurtured by his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him. Martin and his wife Tanja added new vineyards and built a new wine cellar. Their vision was to make wines that would be special, different from others in the region.
Most of their sparkling wines are non-vintage. They are the first in Slovenia to use a proportion of reserve wine in their blends. They maintain their wines’ signature flavour profiles by blending base wines from different vintages. This guarantees that whenever you open a bottle of Domaine Slapšak sparkling wine, you know what to expect.

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Penina Brut Reserve
Domaine Slapšak
Slovenia
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Dolenjska
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White wine
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Brut
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€16.00
The Brut Réserve is a Slovenian sparkling wine produced with the greatest respect for the traditional Champagne method. The expertise of our French winemaker, who has worked in major Champagne houses, let us develop a unique wine style in Slovenia with the use of reserve wine.Made from grape varietals Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Žametna črnina (an endemic Slovenian varietal), Brut Réserve sparkling wine reveals year after year the subtle identity of our terroir Dolenjska. But most importantly, Brut Réserve is a wine that perfectly combines power, finesse, and elegance, which are the cornerstones of our house style.On the nose, this wine exudes aromas of citrus fruit and ripe pear coming from the Chardonnay. On the palate, the attack is straight and accurate, followed by a bright freshness. The Pinot Noir then comes in with its exquisite volume and smoothness. The finish is complex and elegant, thanks to the kindness of the reserve wines.
Colour
white wine
Country
Manufacturer
Region
Dolenjska
Structure
sparkling wine
Sugar level
brut
Variety
Blanc de noir
Volume
0,75
Contains
sulfites
Penina Brut Rose
Domaine Slapšak
Slovenia
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Dolenjska
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Rosé wine
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Brut
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€16.00
Brut Rosé has been one of the best winemaking experiences for our French winemaker. The local grape variety “Žametna črnina” (“velvety black”) was a complete unknown to him before arriving in Slovenia. But after examining it, he quickly saw its sparkling potential. Still, when he started the elaboration of a sparkling rosé from this variety in 2012, he did not expect the result to be so intensely fruity and elegant at once. The minimum 15 months aging on lees in the bottle confirmed the winemaker’s firsts impressions and gave this wine its full personality and creaminess in the mouth.With its delicate pink color with violet hues, Brut Rosé is distinguished by its intense aromas of fresh red fruit reminiscent of the pomegranate. On the palate, it is remarkably elegant and extremely fresh with a characteristic touch of gooseberries. Thanks to its light dosage, the finish is delicate and “gourmand”.
Colour
rosé wine
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Manufacturer
Region
Dolenjska
Structure
sparkling wine
Sugar level
brut
Variety
Blanc de noir
Volume
0,75
Contains
sulfites
Penina Blanc de Blanc
Domaine Slapšak
Slovenia
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Dolenjska
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White wine
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Brut
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€23.50
“Blanc de Blancs” is a nod to the origins of our winemaker. In his native Champagne, this denomination is used for wines that are elaborated exclusively from chardonnay.This noble variety is also a sponge of the terroir, and our cuvée is the perfect example of this. All grapes come exclusively from our Pesce lot, where our chardonnays grow on flysch. This sedimentary rock (it consists of alternating sandstone and calcium-rich marl) is very crumbly and therefore suitable for Chardonnay’s deep roots exploration. This gives our Chardonnay a unique force and style, which expresses itself gradually during the 40 months it spends on lees in our cellar.TASTING NOTESHawthorn, citrus, and ripe pineapple dominate the first nose. As the wine warms up in the glass, this chardonnay subtly develops its fullness and complexity. In the mouth, the wine opens on Viennese pastries and slightly toasted milk toffee and finishes on jelly quince. The finish is rich, vinous, and precise.
Colour
white wine
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Manufacturer
Region
Dolenjska
Structure
sparkling wine
Sugar level
brut
Variety
Chardonnay
Volume
0,75
Contains
sulfites
Penina Brut Nature ŽČ
Domaine Slapšak
Slovenia
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Dolenjska
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White wine
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Brut nature
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€20.00
Žametna črnina is famous for being the variety of the oldest vine in the world still producing fruit. You can see it in Maribor where they planted it over 400 years ago. In terms of winemaking, it doesn’t have quite the reputation it deserves. This endemic Slovenian grape varietal is widely planted in our region of Dolenjska. Our French winemaker discovered its potential for sparkling wine and realized it in our Penina Brut Nature ŽČ.To do this, he opted for a strict selection of grapes from our best vineyard plots and a precise selection of the best juices – the “heart of cuvée” that we vinify in 100% stainless steel, followed by 5 years of aging on lees in the bottle. No artifice and therefore no dosage after disgorgement for un uncontrived experience of the uniqueness of our most gastronomic cuvée.TASTING NOTESThe color of Brut Nature ŽČ is straw gold with amber reflections – the signature of this “blanc de noirs”. The nose opens with delicate and tangy aromas, there is a nice touch of citrus with notes of mandarins, pomelo, and quince jelly. The mouth is vinous, very straight, almost mineral. The finish is very long and harmonious, dominated by a zest of freshness so characteristic of our terroir.
Colour
white wine
Country
Manufacturer
Region
Dolenjska
Structure
sparkling wine
Sugar level
Brut Nature
Variety
Blanc de noir
Volume
0,75
Contains
sulfites