Radikon Ribolla Gialla 2011
Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
Grape: Ribolla Gialla
Serve at: 14/16 °C
Radikon, in the far-east of Venezia-Giulia, pioneered the movement towards both natural and orange wines. Everything about it is unique. When the late Stanko Radikon began his stewardship of the 12 hectares of vineyards, which are located near the Slovenian border, he came to the conclusion that the local indigenous grape, Ribolla Gialla, needed to be treated differently to other varieties if it was to reach its full potential. It was in 1995 that Radikon began using his grandfather’s method of vinification, which involved seven days of skin maceration and led to more colour and flavour making its way into the wine. After some refinement of the technique, today’s wines have three months of maceration, along with long periods of barrel and bottle ageing. Radikon also discovered that this long-term maceration led to a more robust wine, which also meant that by 2003 he was able to cut out the use of sulphites entirely. The result is unusual orange and red wines with astronomical complexity, high ageing potential and deep, wild, flavours.
Ribolla is perhaps the most sought after in this range as it hero's the most widely known variety Ribolla Gialla. Seeing four months of skin contact with plenty of plunging for maximum extraction, if you close your eyes it is very much a red wine structure.
Plenty of grilled Autumnal fruit and nuts, fragrant spices linked with herbal notes of an amaro bent. Rose gold in colour with depth, intensity and grip and after a few extra years in bottle this really is evolving into something quite exceptional.
Meat or mushroom-based main dishes, Meat or mushroom-based pasta or rice dishes.