Made from the Vitovska grape, which is a crossing between
Prosecco and Malvasia Bianco, the wine is first fermented in clay amphorae that
are buried underground. These amphorae come from Georgia. We should also
mention the ransom story. As it goes, brothers Walter and Paolo Vodopivec had
experimented with aging their wines in wooden cask and Spanish amphorae
(inspired by Gravner), but they weren’t enamoured with the results. Paolo felt
sure that Georgian amphorae would be superior, and so off they went to Georgia
to source some. However, the local mafia held the clay pots for ransom. The
story unclear whether their demand was “Given us the lari, or the 261lumies
gets it!”, but the vessels were eventually ransomed and repatriated in Friuli
as fermenters. Or as the anti-naturalists would have you believe, dementers.
Treat it with the respect it deserves. Upon opening it is
intensely tannic and grippingly mineral. Decant once. Twice. The result, if
you’re patient, is a wine that have a purity and fascination that makes you
want to roll it appreciatively around your mouth. Deep, rich (but not heavy)
and aromatic with layers of dried peach, warm apricot and apple notes on both
the nose and mid palate, a splendid Vitovska that is as bone dry as the rocks
from which the vines eke out their precarious existence, yet somehow refreshing
and curiously saline with a very long finish that imparts further flavours of
hazelnuts and dried fig. An ideal match for grilled trout, swordfish or sea
bass or pork chops with fennel.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 31 March, 2017.