2014 Radikon Ribolla Gialla (Orange Wine, 500ml)
ORIGIN: Friuli, Italy
GRAPE: Ribolla Gialla
Special Notes: Biodynamic, orange wine with extended skin contact, natural, unfined, unfiltered.
Radikon is a 12 hectare estate on the Slovenian border of Italy, and is a truly unique winery. The king of orange wines as far as we are concerned. Stanko Radikon captained this groundbreaking winery since 1995, paving the way for the natural wine movement. He realised that the local indigenous grape, Ribolla Gialla, needed to be treated differently to other varieties so he turned to his grandfather’s method of vinification, which involved seven days of skin maceration. Stanko experimented with this technique and today's wines have around three months of maceration, along with long periods of barrel and bottle ageing. Working this way has meant that he has been able to cut out the use of sulphites entirely. The specially designed bottles allow for better development in bottle, and he only uses the highest quality corks that avoid cork taint. His grape selection is so meticulous, it is usual for a whole vine to go into making just one single bottle. His wines are truly fascinating, with unbelievable complexity, high ageing potential and profound, wild, flavours. Collio features sloped, terraced vineyards and soil – called 'ponca' in dialect – that imparts lots of minerality to the wines. Ponca, or flysch, has layers and blends of minerals from the prehistoric sea bed, clay and sandstone.
Scent Intense and complex with hints of tropical fruits and spices, rapidly evolving in the glass. It has a deep taste, intense, rich and spicy. Also, complex and persistent.
Food Recommendation: Lacto Organic Chicken Breast rubbed with coffee, Steamed Venus clams. It's really good with Rooibos Purin Dessert!