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.
Radikon Pignolo IGT Venezia Giulia 500ml, rare grape, firm, intense, structured red wine. This is a fascinating wine from a fascinating winery. Certainly a grape that you don't come across often, due to the difficulty in achieving full ripeness of the grape, but challenge is not something that Radikon have ever been bothered about. Once bottled, they spend 5 years laying down before release, and even then they are not always ready. The wine is full bodied, earthy, structured and has firm tannins and a lick of spice. Wild, yet very satisfying.
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