2016 Jakot 500ml
While ‘natural’ ‘orange’ wine dates back to 3000BC in Georgia, Radikon pioneered its reincarnation. In Oslavje, Friuli, the late Stanilaus (‘Stanko’) Radikon brought back ancestral methods in the ‘Slovenian’ style – hand-harvesting, extended skin maceration, large, older barrel fermentations without temperature control, no added yeasts or enzymes and no use of sulphur. Now run by son Saša, Radikon is cult status stuff renowned for its complexity, high ageing potential and deep, wild flavours.
Jakot is 'Tokaj' backwards, a grape that – owing to Italian bureaucracy – is now renamed Friulano. It's a deep, contemplative amber wine with a rich, oily texture and heady notes of toasted, salty almonds and quince. After de-stemming, it spends around three months on skins, wild fermenting in oak vats without temperature control. Manual punchdowns 3-4 times per day to keep the caps wet. Aged for a while on skins, then racked and aged for a further 36 months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and unsulphured. The smaller, narrower (and sexier) 500ml bottle fosters slower micro-oxygenation and thus longer ageing ;) Enjoy at room temp or slightly chilled.