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Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora - Friuli

Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2011 - Friuli

Vintage: 2011 | Type: Whites | Producer: Gravner
Region: Italy
Alc: 15.5%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

$126.00: as part of any six
$140.00: single bottle

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The 2011 is a fascinating wine with even more fascinating winemaking at play here! The Ribolla fruit is destemmed, crushed and placed in Georgian Amphoras then buried under the earth where it undergoes fermentation and extended maceration for 6 months with regular punchdowns to submerge the skins. The Amphora is then emptied and cleaned, the wine is pressed and then returned to the Amphoras for a further 6 months. Racking follows into large Italian botti oak casks and the wine stays there for an incredible six years of ageing before bottling. 
 
A must try wine for serious wine geeks and addicts who want to experience how wine in this region may have tasted a thousand years ago!
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Our notes

Captivating super intense complex nose of dried fig, raisins, bitter herbs, and grilled nuts with hints a burnt caramel, cinnamon, some sherry-like aldyhidic aromas and bright lifted orange zest. The palate is warm and inviting showing similar sherry-like characters, both savoury and sweet at the same time, with a clear botrytis influence and glycerous, dry, drawn out minerality and earthiness. Incredibly persistent and long with an aftertaste that coats the palate and goes on and on. Totally fascinating wine to drink! Won’t be for everyone but an experience nevertheless for the few who dare to take the plunge and drink Gravner. CR. 

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Producers notes

Importer Note

To say Josko Gravner is a rockstar in the world of wine would be an understatement. Every serious establishment in Europe clamours for a few of the 39000 bottles he produces from his 18 hectare estate.

White wines fermented on skins for six months in clay amphorae? Be prepared for a mind and palate bending experience! The Gravner estate is located in the north-east of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, close to the border with Slovenia (Josko says vines and birds know no borders). The winery is located in the tiny enclave of Oslavia and home to some of the most experimental producers in the world of wine today.

The vineyards are mostly planted to the two native varieties, Ribolla Gialla & Pignolo with a smaller amounts of Pinot Grigio, Riesling Italico, Chardonnay, Sauvignon & Merlot, the latter are being phased out so the Josko can focus on Slavic varieties.

The vineyards are run naturally with no fertilisers or chemical treatments. The fruit is hand harvested late to ensure the wines have alcohol and structure. The grapes are then destemmed, crushed and then transferred to the 3500 litre clay amphorae. The amphorae are buried in the cool soil up their necks allowing for a stable temperature .

The wines are left to ferment naturally on skins for a full six months then transferred to large botte for further ageing. The wines are then bottled without fining or filtration and sit in cellar until the wine is 5 years old. Josko’s makes wine that tastes of the vineyard, the region and its history.

The sensitive use of the ancient winemaking techniques allow nature to take its path and the result is an incredibly complex, nuanced wine that jumps from the glass. It seems to me that the amphorae allows every nuance to shine in his wines. These are the most pure, expressive wines that I have ever tasted and anyone interested in what wine tastes like in its purest form should open a bottle of Gravner.

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