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2013 Gravner Ribolla, Venezia Giulia, Italy

Josko Gravner is a pioneer in  natural winemaking circles, he has 18 hectares of vineyards are located in Oslavje, in the Collio hills on the border of Italy and Slovenia. Over the course of his 64 years, Josko has constantly evolved his approach to winemaking - in both his method and philosophical approach - in the search of perfection. This evolution saw him producing his first vintage fermented exclusively in clay amphorae in 2001, it seemed to have been a revelation since Josko now has 45 beeswax-lined amphorae buried beneath the soil ranging from 1,500-2,500 litres in size, in which he ferments all his wines, allowing the fermenting grape juice to have the closest possible contact with the soil from which it came.

Why do we like it?

The Ribolla variety has been cultivated in this area for more than a thousand years, Josko is doing this grape justice by making one of the most terrific example of it. The wines went through a long maceration period in Georgian amphorae buried underground. After the drawing off and pressing phases the wine was poured back into amphorae for at least five more months before it started ageing in large oak barrels, where it was left for six years. It is bottled without fining or filtration. The 2013 is the lowest yielding vintage in Gravner’s history with only 18 000 bottles of Ribolla produced. The season provided incredibly concentrated fruit with the wine showing exuberance and complexity. Incredibly rare and one for the collector.

Grape           Ribolla Gialla

Country        Italy                                          

Region          Venezia Giulia                                  

Vintage         2013

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