Vinjak, a distillate of Teran wine, began its journey in 1975, when Boris became a father. Today, the more than 40-year-old brandy is a symbol of family connection.
Oskar Extra brandy has been distilled since the mid-1980s. Not a single bottle has been sold in three and a half decades of maturation.Since December 2019, the Oscar Extra is available for the first time. Oskar Extra consists of different vintages. The youngest part in it has matured for 14 years.
Vinjak (wine brandy)
Vinjak – the Slovenian brandy and cognac in one. In Slovenia, it does not have the same prestigious reputation as the famous cognac, but its hearty taste convinces even the biggest sceptics.
It is a matured wine distillate containing 35 to 55% alcohol. Various fruit extracts can be added to it, but it is produced from grapes, by maceration in a wine distillate. We do not have specific grape varieties for the production of vinjak, but the quality of brandy depends on the vine variety, climate, soil composition and vine cultivation, which are often above average in Slovenia.
In addition to this, the quality of brandy is also affected by other stages of the process, such as the duration and method of distillation, the duration of maturation of the distillate, ageing and more. The best distillate is also in this case the one that has matured in an oak barrel.
What gives vinjak its colour and flavour?
As with all other beverages, the colour and flavour of vinjak are influenced by various factors: the variety of grapes, the method of processing, the quality of oak barrels and, of course, the age of the wine brandy. When selecting grape varieties, preference is given to varieties that are high in acid and low in sugar. Late-ripening varieties without a strong characteristic scent are better choices than early-ripening and muscat varieties with a pronounced aroma.
In fact, the aroma of wine brandy is mostly dictated by the oak used for the barrel and the age. Therefore, the colour and aroma are provided by the chosen oak wood – the longer the wine brandy stays in the barrel, the better it is and the more drinkable it is.
Vinjak VS, 5 in XO – what is the difference?
When buying vinjak, many of you have probably already wondered what the difference is between vinjak VS, vinjak 5 and vinjak XO and why there is such a difference in price, even though the manufacturer is the same. The main and essential difference lies in age, which also implies a difference in quality. The older, the better is a rule that also applies to wine brandy.
● Vinjak VS is the most common, cheapest, most popular and youngest. It is about three years old.
● Vinjak 5 is aged, as the name suggests, for at least five years.
● Rubin’s Vinjak XO is the most prestigious, and its age exceeds 20 years.
And a little tip: for a special family occasion, consider buying the 40-year-old Vinjak 75, which is a symbol of family connectedness and looking into the future, trapped in a bottle. It is a distillate of terrano, which began its journey in 1975, when its producer Boris Lisjak marked one of the most beautiful moments in his life, the birth of his son.
How to drink vinjak?
You should always take your time when drinking wine brandy. Sip it slowly, never down it in one go, and serve it at room temperature. It is best to hold the glass in the palm of your hand to warm it to your body temperature.
What are the proper glasses for vinjak?
Wine brandy is served in a tulip-shaped glass, as such a shape best enhances its aromas and notes and directs the power of the bouquet and other scents towards the nose. Nowadays, a balloon-shaped snifter with a short stem, 150 to 500 ml in volume, is also used, although less often.
What is the difference between vinjak, brandy and cognac?
Cognac, brandy and vinjak are all wine distillates aged in barrels. Cognac is a version of brandy produced in the French province of Cognac and is subject to very strict regulations. Vinjak is also a type of brandy and this term is commonly used in the Balkans.