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Pinot Grigio Radikon 2015 (Orange Wine)

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One Line Description Pinot Grigio Radikon 2014, biodynamic wine, orange wine, low sulphur wine, delicious wine.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country Italy Italian
Region Friuli, Italy
Producer Radikon
Vintage 2015
Wine Type Orange Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Pinot Grigio
Alcohol 13.5% abv
Terroir Collio features sloped, terraced vineyards and soil – called “ponca” in dialect – that gives lots of minerality to the wines. Ponca, or flysch, has layers and blends of minerals from the prehistoric sea bed, clay and sandstone.
Total Sulphur Level 24 mg/l
Maturation 18 months in 35 hectolitre oak barrels
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Delicious in youth but structured enough to age at least 10 years
Production Detail Biodynamic, no added sulphur
Special Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan
Decanter Specialist Organic Wine Retailer 2017 Winner
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Pinot Grigio Radikon 2015, biodynamic wine, orange wine, low sulphur wine, delicious wine. Radikon Pinot Grigio is an orange wine which is impossible not to enjoy. Pinot Grigio from Italy has had its reputation shattered by the flood of cheap dull wines for the Trattorias of the UK and elsewhere. As a result many consider the grape only capable of neutral wines with little character. Those familiar with Alsace Pinot Gris (same grape) will know this is not the case and on tasting something like Radikon, you realise this is a grape capable of greatness. Radkion is Orange Wine made with approx 12 days maceration with the grape skins. (This type of wine is also often called Ramato in Friuli.) As the variety has a certain amount of colour in its skin when ripe the final wine has an intriguing pinky/orangey hue hence the name. 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 candid 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.


Stanko Radikon is one of the Pioneers of Orange wine in Friuli. Alongside other notables such as Josko Gravner, he started experimenting with skin contact for white grapes in 1995, a technique which was employed by his own Grandfather. Stanko's relentless and innovative pursuit of complexity and natural production put him at odds with many of his contemporaries and the wines took a long time to be understood and established. But Stanko knew he was making magic and he persisted. The skin macerations became longer, up to 3 or 4 months for some wines and he realised there was no real need for sulphur and stopped adding it altogether in 2003. About that time Stanko became fully biodynamic and also pioneered the use of 500ml and 1 litre bottles along with his friend and fellow natural wine maker Edi Kante. The smaller bottles with a narrow neck mimic the slower micro-oxygenation of the magnum format and so allow for much longer ageing of the wines.

Now in his sixties, Stanko has passed on much of the wine making responsibility to his equally intelligent and capable son Sasa who is driving the 11 hectare estate forward with energy and passion. Sasa has developed some earlier drinking cuvee in the standard 750ml bottle, a single varietal Pinot Grigio and a Chardonnay, Tocai blend, Slatnik. These wines have a shorter 12-15 day skin contact and are a fantastic entry point for the wine lovers into the world of Orange. The other wines developed 20 years ago by Stanko are aged in barrels and have very long skin contact and are for long ageing in bottle. We have a few 2006 and these are deep, intense, savoury and structured. They will continue to mature for decades yet incredibly, these wines never cease to retain their freshness.

Stanko Radikon truly is one of the modern wine pioneers and his Iconic bottles are a unqiue drinking experience. Give them a try, they are a unique taste of nature.

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    Mike07/12/2016

    Unlike any other 'PG' you will taste - elegant, mineral and complex. Amber, hazy, dry, full of acidity, wondeful!

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