Radikon S Slatnik Bianco IGT Venezia Friuli - Oslavia

Vintage: 2016 Region: Italy
Type: Whites
Winery: Radikon
Tasting Notes:

Colour: intense golden yellow, slightly hazy

Nose: complex, persistent with hints of peach and apricot fruit in particular.

Palate: full, persistent and savory at the same time slightly tannic, elegant and mineral. At the aftertaste you perceive hints of peach and apricot.

S is for Sasa, Radikon’s “next generation” of this acclaimed Friuli producer. “Slatnik” is the vineyard.

Description: 80% Chardonnay 20% Tocai Fruilano. This white wine has extended skin contact, is fermented with natural yeasts in old, large barrels is unfined and unfiltered and is bottled without sulphur. 

Radikon Wines: Our business philosophy has always been to make a natural wine, the utmost respect for the land and the environment. Since 1995 in the country, we do not use chemical fertilizers and treatments on the screws, reduced to a minimum, only use products with a guarantee of absolute safety for the health of the consumer.
However, the way we do the wine has changed considerably, and this may not be understood by many consumers, which is why we try to explain in broad terms the type of wine that you will come to our opening a bottle. 

$63.00as part of any six
$70.00single bottle

Serve with whole roast suckling pig. The ripe yet powerful Slatnik working wonderfully with the delicate but fatty flesh of the piglet, and the slight oxidized characters seemingly born to accompany the glorious paper-thin crackling.

Oslavia is a hilly area with a very favorable climate for the development of the screw. The vineyards of (about 12 ha) are located on steep slopes, typical of the Collio Gorizia, with optimal exposures to the South, South-East. On this type of land most of the works are carried out by hand.

The soil is mainly constituted by "ponca". This type of clay in the deeper layers of the soil is very compact and resembles a rock, but as soon as it comes into contact with some corrosion factor (air, water, ...) loses consistency once again becoming loose clays.

The new plants have very high densities (7000-10000 screws hectare) and in this way the screw in slight stress produces fewer grapes, but of higher quality. Then allow only 4-5 bunches per plant, which, along with an appropriate stripping, to maintain the right amount of sun, minerals and other nutrients to the clusters.

The treatments are reduced to the minimum necessary and are made only from those natural products that have not proved nor harmful to the environment or to humans. It is not used so any product of synthesis, such as herbicides, plant protection systemic insecticides, synthetic fertilizers, ...

Stanislao Radikon (Stanko to his friends) knows how to grow grapes. His family has been doing it on their 11 hectare estate in the Friuli region of north-eastern Italy for over a century. Stanko began running the estate himself over 30 years ago and elevated its status immensely. The vineyards are densely planted (up to 10,000 plants per acre) on steeply sloped limestone and everything is done by hand, literally. Stanko does not use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and keeps his yields under a paltry 2.25 tonnes to the acre. Basically everything is in place to produce some of the greatest grapes on the planet, and they do, but it’s in the winery where Stanko Radikon has forged a reputation for himself as one of the most visionary winemakers in the world – and all because he barely does anything. 

Working exclusively with natural products and eschewing additives entirely Radikon harvests by hand, has extended maceration times and lengthy skin contact on his whites, ferments long and slow with natural yeasts and uses no temperature control. His massive fermentation barrels are old and worn and act only as vessels not flavor enhancers. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered and often show a hazy, brilliant orange colour in the glass. The white wines from Radikon are simply put some of the most compelling wines I have ever smelled or tasted. They are grounded in the earth and smell more of fruit pit than fruit, or leaf and root than flowers – though its all there if you give it some attention. They are orange in colour, profoundly aromatic and have the density and texture of a red wine with the freshness and buoyancy of a white. Every wine drinker, and I mean every wine drinker, should drink a Radikon white at some point before they die. Drinking a Radikon provides an experience that, given the right person, will change not just your opinion of wine but probably of life too.

That’s right, if you let them, these wines could change your life. The first time I found the Ribolla Gialla from Radikon at a retail store in the states (for $60) I bought three with the intention of drinking one that week and holding on to the rest for a while. The first one was so compelling I drank them all that week. They are substantial, refreshing, moreish, and challenging. I was literally handed a new metric with which to evaluate what I thought wine was.

If I had to choose one wine to consume for the rest of my life Radikon would be a contender (though I could never actually choose). This excerpt translated from Radikon’s website gives some insight into the type of ‘wine’ Stanko is growing and making.

"Every vintage is a child of its time and the time that we give it to rest, to grow up and blow up those feelings in you that will bring back the sensory experience of the grape." - Stanislao Radikon 

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