Incredibly complex and savoury with exotic spice and floral perfume.
Radikon, located on the Italian/Slovenian border is the benchmark orange wine producer, the yardstick for all others to be measured. All wines undergo extensive skin maceration, and are a delight to drink over several days as they continue to evolve. Oslavje is a blend of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Incredibly complex and savoury with exotic spice and floral character and perfume.
Region/Country: Friuli, Italy
Grape/s: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Production Method: Grapes are hand-harvested. 2-4 months skin contact in oak vats. The wine is then matured for 4 years in small casks. Bottles are then aged for 2 years before being released. No added sulphur
Style: Natural, orange with with exotic fruit and spice
Pairing Suggestion: Savoury dishes, vegetable dishes, on its own
Variety: Pinot Gris/Grigio
Profile: One of the darkest skinned white varieties, often with a pink/reddish tinge, and colours often range widely within the same bunch. Gris and Grigio are indicate style and origin, with Gris tending to be darker, richer and oilier and Grigio lighter and crisper as a rule. Pinot Gris often tends toward dark golden in colour and can be higher in alcohol and richness. It has soft acidity and with spicy, fragrant aromatics. It will often have a touch of residual sugar, meaning it is great for pairing with spicy Asian cuisine, and in Alsace is regularly made into sweet wine. Pinot Grigio is most synonymous with Northern Italy. The best examples are fresh and fragrant with zesty and floral aromatics and moreish texture.
Classic Regions: Alsace (France), Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige (Italy), Central Otago (New Zealand), Baden (Germany)