The authentic Amber Wine made by the master Josko Gravner fom Friuli (Venezia Giulia), this macerated Pinot Grigio is a real rarity!
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Gravner's Pinot Grigio is made only in exceptional years and this 2009 is the last vintage available and already sold out at the winery. Super limited production of some 2000 bottles!
This amber wine is made in a very peculiar way; the Pinot Grigio 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 plus additional 5 years in bottle in the winery's cellars.
A unique wine of it's own class in the orange wine world! Just a couple of bottles available..
|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), 5 years in bottle|