Place: Friuli, ITA
Variety: Pinot Gris
The Radikon family's vineyard holdings cover some 18 hectares of steep slopes in and around Oslavia, near the Slovenia/Italy border. Since 1980, Stanislao (Stanko) Radikon has made the wines alongside his wife Suzana. Their son, Sasa, has taken up the reins and is now the soft-spoken frontman for the family business.
These wines are the benchmark for unwavering commitment to the natural wine movement. The famous amber wines are made with extremely long skin maceration, years of time in barrel and a long rest in bottle before release. This process reveals wines that are deeply golden in colour, firmly structured, wild and of a singular character.
Just over a week on skins for this beautiful lightly-blushed fruit sees a textural, yet vibrant example of the variety emerge.