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Zidarich Vitovska
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Zidarich Vitovska 2016

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyVitovska is an indigenous grape specific to the Friulian region of Carso, a very rocky region that borders Slovenia. It is a natural cross between malvasia bianca lungo and prosecco. Benjamin and his wife Marisa Zidarich tend 8ha here in a naturalist, non-intervention vein. The Vitovska Bianco is one of their flagship wines, from 6-30 year old vines grown on extremely rocky calcarious soils between 260-280m in altitude. After native ferment and a moderate time on the skins, this spent two years in old Slovenian oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. This skin contact wine is an impressive show of force, with primal grip of tannins, orange, rose petals, crushed rock. There's some light apricot fuzz, orange oil that lingers on the lengthy, humming, saline, limestone laced finish. Lovely structure with density and firm, fine grippy tannins that stream the long length and ensure its spot in your cellar. If you can wait, that is; this is drinking beautifully now.Tasted: 24 November 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 54.95 private order Producer: ZidarichDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Varietal: Vitovska