Pinot Grigio ‘SIVI’ Radikon MAGNUM (Orange Wine) 2019

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Pinot Grigio SIVI Radikon MAGNUM, 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 Trattoria 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 pink/orange 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 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. Will age beautifully in Magnum.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 1500ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Radikon
Country Italy
Region Friuli, Italy
Vintage 2019
Wine Type Orange Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Pinot Gris/Grigio
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.
Alcohol 13.5% abv
Maturation 18 months in 35 hectolitre oak barrels
Total Sulphur 24 mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Delicious in youth but structured enough to age at least 10 years

Radikon is a 12 hectare estate in Friuli on the Slovenian border of Italy, and is a truly unique winery.  It lies in the heartland of a region which has become synonymous with skin contact and Orange wine.

The king of orange wines as far as we are concerned is Radikon. Stanko Radikon lead this groundbreaking winery from 1995.  He revitalised skin contact for white wine and helped also pave the way for the natural wine movement.  He realised back then that the local indigenous grape, Ribolla Gialla, needed to be treated differently to other varieties.  He turned to his Grandfather’s method of vinification.  This involved seven days of skin maceration.  Stanko continued to experiment with this technique over the years.  He refined and perfected it along the way and also employed biodynamic principles at the winery. 

Today's classic wines made from Ribolla and Friulano have around three months of maceration, with long periods of barrel and bottle ageing.  These stunning bottles are in 500ml and 1 litre formats with thin bottle necks and corks.  Radikon believes these special bottles and corks help the ageing process in bottle.  These are wines which will age beautifully for well over 10 years.  Radikon also make a range of earlier drinking wines with a shorter skin maceration. 

The wines are truly fascinating, with unbelievable complexity, profound flavours yet immense freshness. 

Since Stanko sadly passed away in 2016, his son Saša continues in his father's tradition.  He maintains the same high standards and attention to detail.  Some would say he is making even better wine than his Father.

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