Radikon

Radikon Slatnik Chardonnay Orange 2021

$60
$60

Radikon Slatnik is a skin-contact natural wine - orange wine - made from a blend of 80% Chardonnay, and 20% Tocai farmed biodynamically in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Northern Italy. No additions, 3 weeks on the skins, no sulfites added. Another absolute masterpiece by one of the masters of skin contact.

Wine Type:, Orange
Wine Style:, Skin Contact
Farming:,
Vintage:, 2021
Alcohol:,
Country:, Italy
Region:, Friuli–Venezia Giulia
Appellation:,
Bottle Size:, 750ml

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Producer profile

Radikon

Stanko Radikon, a pioneer in the natural and orange wine movement, is renowned for his unconventional approach. He notably sent his son Sasa to study winemaking to learn traditional methods, only to deviate from them in practice. This highlights the Radikon philosophy: using scientific knowledge as a guide rather than a rulebook in winemaking.

In the early 1990s, Radikon, influenced by Josko Gravner and a return to Friuli-Venezia Giulia's winemaking heritage, shifted from conventional to natural methods. This change was driven by his desire for wines that genuinely reflected the unique spirit and terroir of the region, especially the distinctive qualities of the Ribolla grape.

Radikon's wines, produced in the picturesque Collio hills of Friuli-Venezia Giulia near Oslavia, close to the Slovenian border, are a testament to this philosophy. The winery, now managed by Sasa Radikon, cultivates local varieties like Ribolla and Friulano and international grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Merlot. The vineyards benefit from the region's unique "ponka" soil, layered sandstone and marl.

The wines from Radikon stand out for their character, complexity, and longevity. They are celebrated for embodying the essence of natural and orange wines, characterized by their evolving flavors from the first pour to the last drop. Radikon's commitment to traditional, natural winemaking techniques ensures that each bottle uniquely expresses their dedication to the craft.

Wine region

Friuli–Venezia Giulia, Italy

History

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, situated in Italy's northeastern corner, has a multifaceted historical tapestry influenced by various civilizations. From its inception under the Romans, it underwent successive dominations by the Goths, Lombards, Huns, Venetians, French, Austrians, Yugoslavs, and eventually, the Italians. The region's capital, Trieste, became an official part of Italy only in 1977, underscoring its intricate geopolitical history.

Terroir

The terroir of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is shaped by its unique geographical juxtaposition between the Adriatic Sea and the Julian Alps. The central Friuli Grave valley, characterized by its stony terrain, facilitates effective grape ripening, lending distinct acidity to wines, notably Pinot Grigio and Prosecco. The northeastern Julian Alps, home to the Colli Orientali del Friuli and Collio regions, provide an elevation essential for grape maturation, influenced by the distinctive Ponca soil—a mix of marl and sandstone. The Carso Peninsula, near the coast, offers a predictable maritime climate, with soils rich in "terra rossa," limestone, and alluvial sands, fostering the growth of organic and natural wines.

Wines

White wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia are diverse and distinctive. Ribolla Gialla, an indigenous grape, is known for its citrusy notes and pronounced acidity. Friulano, grown in Colli Orientali, Grave del Friuli, and Collio, presents a fragrant profile with high acidity. Verduzzo, notable for its tannins, varies from sweet to dry, while Picolit, native to the Rosazzo region, exhibits aromas of stone fruit and honey. Vitovksa, primarily cultivated in Carso, produces citrus-infused mineral wines, while Pinot Grigio from ancient vines stands out for its complexity and creaminess.

The red wines of the region include Schioppettino, reminiscent of Syrah and Cab Franc, showcasing balance and complexity. Refosco, grown in Colli Orientali, is marked by its minerality and strong acidic finish. Pignolo, primarily found in Colli Orientali del Friuli, exudes flavors of plum and blackberry. Tazzelenghe, known for its texture, and Terrano, native to Carso, complete the red wine profile of the region, emphasizing its dedication to both organic and natural wine production.

Frequently asked question

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1) Reship the package right away: due to the very high cost of shipping and returns, we must charge a re-shipping fee to be determined based on package size and shipping destination.

2) Consolidate the returned package with your next order: this option is free of charge and it's the most popular option.

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What is natural wine?

What is natural wine?

Natural wine is a type of wine made in small batches from hand-harvested organic or biodynamic grapes with minimal intervention in the cellar.
What is Biodynamics?

What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamic wine is wine made with grapes farmed biodynamically. Biodynamic farming is a holistic approach to farming.
What is organic wine?

What is organic wine?

Organic wine is made with grapes farmed organically. Organic farming is a type of farming alternative to conventional farming.
What is vegan wine?

What is vegan wine?

Vegan wine is wine made without using animal products during the fining phase of the clarification process. Before wine is bottled it is usually clarified.