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Vodopivec Vitovska 2016

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, ItalyPaolo Vodopivec owns this organically and biodynamically farmed Carso estate, on the border with Slovenia, and just north of Trieste.  Vodopivec (vo-do-pee-vetz), works solely with the Vitovska grape, and knows it intimately. Only 50 hectares of Vitovska currently exist in Carso, and 6 hectares are owned by the brothers on their limestone plateau estate. Vodopivec, inspired by the wines of Gravner, uses amphorae to age many of his wines. From a vineyard at 260m, and rocky, limestone soils high in iron and magnesium, the destemmed Vitovska grapes are crushed and native fermented in Georgian Anfora, and in contact with the skins for six months, plunged several times a day. The wine then matured for 24 months in large 3000L Slavonian oak barrels prior to bottling without fining or filtration. Pouring a shining yellow / light gold, this textural orange teems with apricot skin, pear skin, ash, along a tightly grippy palate, all imbued with a chalky, rocky minerality. The finish is lingering with more chalk and a limestone buzz. Not about the fruit at all, and entirely of the place, this striking wine will age beautifully.Tasted: 19 April 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 81.95 consignment Producer: VodopivecDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Vitovska