The authentic Ribolla Gialla amber wine by maestro Josko Gravner from Friuli (Venezia Giulia)!
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This amber wine is made in a very peculiar way; the famous local Ribolla 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.
A unique wine, and of it's own class in the orange wine world!
|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)|