Grapes: Chardonnay, Tocai Friulano
The Radikon family own 12 hectares of vines at the far east of Venezia-Giulia, near the Slovenian border. A maverick and pioneer, Stankoʼs desire to make orange wine led him to abandon chemical products entirely in 1995 as he realised he couldn't macerate juice and skins if the skins were covered with pesticides. Aged for an average of 4 years before release, these are some of the most memorable and profound orange wines on the planet, with a potential for ageing matched only by their complexity.
Slatnik is 80% Chardonnay with the rest Tocai Friulano, fermented on skins for 12 days before ageing in old oak for 18 months. A rich and savoury orange wine with lightly floral aromatics and silky nougat and fine oak on the palate cut through with green apple acidity.