Gabernik 23 / Slovenia


Gabernik 23 wines come from the slopes around the village of Ritoznoj in the foothills of the Pohorje range in eastern Slovenia. The soil of these steep slopes consists predominantly of marl. Owner and winemaker, Janko Bogatic has been working in vineyards since the age of 10. Drawing from his years of experience on the land he strives to work hand-in-hand with nature to allow the vineyards to express their true potential. Minimal intervention in the wine cellar lets the terroir shine through. Working with unfashionable varieties like Yellow Muscat and Zweigelt, Janko wants to show that these grapes are much more than their reputations suggest.


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  • Gabernik 23 Zweigelt 2020

    $ 41.00 incl. GST

    A spritely iteration of this Austrian variety, grown in the marl soils of Ritoznoj.  Full of flavour but low in the alcohol and weight, ideologically this drinks like a combination of Nebbiolo, Gamay and Pinot Noir.  Violets and red florals lead over an impression of tar aromatics and flavours.  The palate is full of black fruits and cherries, mountain herbs, and a brush of salinity.  Easy to drink and takes a light chill well.

    “I’ve dug these wines from this journeyman winemaker in Slovenia. Here’s a zweigelt, styled au naturale, for your drinking pleasure. Gabernik sounds like the name of a dog sent to space.

    “Chalky and sappy, sour cherry orientated with some game meat notes, fennel, roast capsicum, paprika, doing a lot here and feeling mighty original. Has nice, slurpy texture, a little herbal tang builds to a significant piquancy to finish, but feels decent in the mode of the wine. Savoury red, but fresh too. It’s got a vibe.” 91 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront


  • Gabernik 23 Skin Contact Muskat 2020

    $ 43.00 incl. GST

    A new wine for the producer, yellow muscat raised with around three weeks’ skin contact.  Exotic nose of flowers and tropical fruits, musk sticks and fennel/anise.  These heady aromatics are countered on the palate with an impression of chalkiness and certainly dryness.  Pleasing texture of natural tannins, orange and ginger notes, a style which works superbly with chilli heat (Thai or Korean barbecue) or a brilliant match with well spiced fried chicken.