The authentic amber wine by maestro Josko Gravner from Friuli (Venezia Giulia)! Bianco Breg is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvingon, Pinot Grigio y Riesling Italico. The last vintage of this wine!
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This amber wine is made in a very peculiar way; all the different variety grapes are destemmed, crushed and placed in the Georgian amphoras (called qvevri), which are buried straight in the soil of the underground cellar. It's environment - the Earth - naturally controls the fermentation temperature. After 6-7 months of macerated alcoholic fermentation and malolactic transformation, and having periodic punchdowns to submerge the skins cap to the bottom, the amphoras are emptied and cleaned, and after pressing in a small vertical press placed conveniently in the cellar, the wine returns the the qvevris for further aging of some 5-6 months until the new harvest takes pace. The wine is then racked into big Italian botti (big volume oak casks) for further aging and fining for at least 6 years before bottling.
In short: the wine spent over 6 months on the skins, in total of 1 year in underground amphoras, and also has 6 years of aging in bog oak casks.
2012 was a milestone year for Josko Gravner, after making this wine, the vineyards of all 4 foreign varieties have been uprooted for expanding the Ribolla Gialla plantations. Therefore it is an already historical wine as there will be no other Bianco Breg in the future... This wine comes packed in the traditional Gravner cardboard box along with a small leaflet with a short commemoration note.
A unique wine, and of it's own class in the orange wine world!
|Varieties||Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling Italico|
|Viticulture||Biodynamic (not certified)|
|Fermentation||6 m. on the skins, 5 m. after press in qvevri|
|Aging||6 years in big old oak botti (foudres)|