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Region
Friuli
Grape
60% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon Blanc
Farming
Organic
Notes
Unfined/Unfiltered

Oslavje

Radikon

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The Radikon winery is located in Oslavia, on the plateau that goes from the bridge on Isonzo river, near Gorizia, to San Floriano hill.
The company consists of about eighteen hectares of vineyards located near the company headquarters and placed on steep slopes, very tiring to work but very generous in quality level. The soil consists mainly of eocene marls and corresponds to the optimal conditions for excellence viticulture.
Since 1980, the company is run by Stanislao (Stanko) Radikon, his wife Suzana and their son, Saša.
We have always actively sought to make natural wines, with the highest respect for the soil and the environment.
This belief has let us abandon all chemical additives and reduce treatments to the least possible, both in the vineyards and in the cellar, since 1995. In our vineyards the yields are very low (4 to 5 bunches for each vine), and the grapes are harvested by hand in small boxes only at optimal ripeness.
In the cellar, the grapes are de-stemmed and left on their skins in wooden vats for a long time. During this maceration we do 3 to 4 stirrings per day. In other words, we use the same vinification process for white wines as those used for red wines. The material extracted during this maceration allows us to produce wines without preservatives, so we are absolutely certain that they are 100% wine. The wine is aged for three years in large wooden barrels and then for one more year in bottle. It may be slightly unclear because it is not filtered in any way. Because of the skin maceration, it is deeply and intensely colored.
For tasting our wines at their best, we suggest drinking the wines at 15° C/ 59 F, and do not place them in the refrigerator for a longer period.

-From the producer

60% Chardonnay/40% Sauvignon Blanc. All of Radikon’s whites are made in the same way: the organically farmed, stunningly low-yield, hand-harvested fruit is destemmed and gently crushed with a pneumatic press. The grapes are placed in old Slavonian oak vats and co-fermented with native yeasts. Maceration with the skins lasts about 3 months—however long it takes to reach total dryness–with no temperature control and no sulfur. The wine is racked and aged on its lees in huge Slavonian oak casks (25-35-hectoliter) for 3-4 years, racked twice a year. The wine is then bottled without sulfur and without filtration. The bottles are aged for several years before release.

-Bowler

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