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2017 Radikon 'Sivi' Pinot Grigio

Friuli, Italy

Radikon are Michellin recommended wines and are one of the path forgers in the late 90s for the resurgence of orange (skin contact white) wines. After realising 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 Radikon's wines today have around three months of maceration, along with long periods of barrel and bottle ageing. This full bodied Pinot Grigio is grown in Ponca, or flysch soil which consists of minerals from the prehistoric sea bed, clay and sandstone driving expectional minerality through the wine. lthough complex with notes of candied fruit, tangerine, and spice over a savoury pithy texture, it has immense freshness, high acidity and therefore easy drinkability. If you are unfamiliar with orange wine, this is the perfect wine to start with, absolutely delicious.
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About the maker

The wines produced by the late Stanislao (Stanko) Radikon and his son Saša have inspired a devoted following of winemakers, critics and consumers from all parts of the globe.

Radikon, close to the Slovenia border in Italy, seeks to create natural and uncomprising wine, free of chemical pesticides, temperature-controlled fermentation and sulfur and biodynamic or organic viticulture. In 1995, Stanko began the long journey of returning to the tyle his grandfather followed, one of extended maceration periods, the use of oak barrels, manual harvesting and extended barrel ageing. Eventually with no sulfur by 2002. Now in the courageous and delicate hands of Sasa, these wines are very unique and hold a special place in many hearts around the world.
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