The top 10 wines 2019 (01-12-2019 by Nenad Jelisic)
This is the seventh consecutive year that NJ Wines presents the top 10 wines. In 2019, NJ Wines tasted a few thousand wines that were, and still are, available on the wine market. Of all these wines, NJ Wines selected the top 10 wines. The most important criterion in the selection was of course the quality of the wines, but also the availability of the wines today. Among the top 10 wines come three wines from Croatia (from one and the same producer: Enjingi), three wines from Slovenia, two wines from USA (from one and the same producer: Morlet), a wine from Portugal and a wine from South Africa. This year, Slovenia with the best wine of the year, the fourth best wine of the year and the tenth best wine of the year proved that it is definitely one of the world's best wine-producing countries. This is the first time that NJ Wines gave 5,0 out of 5,0 NJP (100 out of 100 points) to five wines during one and the same year (note that our wine tasting year always begins the first week of December the year before and ends the last the week in November the current year i.e. for the year 2019 it started the first week in December 2018 and it ended the last week in November 2019). In 2018, six wines got 5,0 NJP, in 2017, no wine got 5,0 NJP, in 2016, one wine got 5,0 NJP, in 2015, one wine got 5,0 NJP, in 2014, no wine got 5,0 NJP and in 2013, one wine got 5,0 NJP. We are very pleased with the very positive result, but we do not believe that the global quality of the wines has changed as much in the positive direction as our test results show. We were just lucky enough to try some of the world's best wines in 2019.
The top 10 wines 2019
1. Steyer, Kraljevo vino, Diseci Traminec, Ledeno vino, 2011, white sweet wine, Stajerska, Slovenia, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points),
2. Enjingi, Venje, 2006, white dry blend wine, Kutjevo, Slavonia, Croatia, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points),
3. Enjingi, Venje, 2008, white dry blend wine, Kutjevo, Slavonia, Croatia 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points),
4. Edi Simcic, Sauvignon, 2016, white dry wine, Goriska Brda, Primorje, Slovenia 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points),
5. Churchill's, Late Bottled Vintage, 2014, red port wine, Porto, Portugal, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points),
6. Morlet, Force de la Nature, 2014, red dry wine, Oakville, Napa Valley, North Coast, California, USA, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points),
7. Morlet Family Vineyards, Ma Princesse, 2015, white dry wine, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, North Coast, California, USA, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points),
8. Nederburg, Noble Late Harvest, 2018, white sweet wine, Western Cape, South Africa, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points),
9. Enjingi, Venje, Crno, 2007, red dry blend wine, Kutjevo, Slavonia, Croatia, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points) and
10. Santomas, Malvazija, 2018, white dry wine, Slovenian Istria, Slovenia, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points).
The best wine 2019
Steyer, Kraljevo vino, Diseci Traminec, Ledeno vino, 2011, white sweet wine, Stajerska, Slovenia, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (by Nenad Jelisic)
Wow, what the wine! This is probably the world's best ice wine made of Gewurztraminer, and the Steyer winery is probably the world's best producer of ice wines made of Gewurztraminer. In any case, I have never tasted better ice wines made of Gewurztraminer than those from the Steyer winery and I have tasted many. So far, the winery has produced only six vintages of this fabulous wine: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2011. Three of these (1999, 2001 and 2011) have been tasted by NJ Wines and all have got NJP 5,0 of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points). Bravo Steyer! Balance between the sweetness and the acidity is absolutely incredible in this vintage. It was a pure joy to taste/drink this fantastic wine. Steyer Kraljevo vino Diseci Traminec Ledeno vino 2011 has at least a 30 years long aging potential, i.e. until at least 2049. Note that it is already 8 years old. The aftertaste is extremely long, better to say, it almost never disappears from the mouth. Very sweet, extremely complex, honey-like and mineral-like, almost salty, flavour with dried fruits, citrus fruits, orange peel and sweet spices. An explosion of aroma of incredible complexity with honey, sweet spices, raisins, dried figs, orange peel, citrus fruits and yellow pears. Kraljevo vino Diseci Traminec Ledeno vino 2011 should be enjoyed with grilled goose liver, which is the best combination with the wine, or with fruit salad consisting of orange, white grapes, mango, kiwi and a little of this wine or with tasty cheeses such as Gorgonzola, Roquefort and Stilton or without any food at all, just enjoy its enormous complexity, taste and aroma. It should be drank at 8°C from Riedel Vinum Extreme Rose/Ice wine or Orrefors Difference Sweet or Orrefors Elixir. The soil on which the grapes for the wine grow consists of marl (a clayey soil that contains a lot of lime). The grapes are harvested, destemmed and sorted by hand. Then they are pressed very slowly and very gently for a three-day period. The fermentation takes place in old oak barrels from France, which hold 200 to 300 litres, over a two-month period and a controlled temperature of 12 and 15°C. The aging takes place in the same oak barrels as the fermentation has been done for a period of 24 to 36 months. The harvest usually takes place during the month of January. According to the Slovenian rules, the temperature must be at least minus 7°C, three days in a row, before the harvest may begin. This vintage began to be harvested in January, after the temperature was under minus 12°C, three days in a row. The wine is only produced during exceptional years and in very small quantities. Only 933 0,375 litre bottles were produced of this vintage. Finally, and not least, Kraljevo vino means Royal wine, Diseci Traminec means Gewurztraminer and Ledeno vino means Ice wine.