2015 Pinot GrigioRadikon
100% Pinot Grigio. Radikon's 750ml bottlings are Sasa Radikon's addition to his dad Stanko's original 500ml line: they are still "orange" wines but less intensely so due to a shorter period of skin contact and aging. Otherwise, all of the wines are made identically: the Pinot Grigio is destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts in oak vat, with no temperature control and no sulfur. Maceration lasts for 10-14 days (versus 3 months for the 500ml wines). After a gentle pressing, the wine is put in 3500-litre Slavonian oak barrels for a year and a half on its lees; it is bottled without sulfur and without filtration. This Pinot Grigio bottling was dubbed "Sivi" starting in the 2016 vintage; it means "gray" in Slovenian, in reference to the grayish-pink color of the grape's skin.
The skin contact also imparts a huge array of interesting flavours, gives the wine body and texture and also an element of tannicity which far from being unpleasant adds a lovely savoury backbone to the wine. Radikon's example is superb. Although 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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