About the Wine
There are few wines, if any, which have made the same impact as Radikon. While they may not be the most popular, they are a global pace setter. Their unapologetic style of winemaking may not win everyone over, but they will always make an impact. They are the very definition of a cult producer.
This is made from the indigenous Friulian variety Pignoli, which saw a relatively modest 60 days on skins before being left to mature in barrel for five years. There is some serious flavour and body here, with rustic and firm tannins taking hold almost instantly. There is a mushroom funkiness going on too, with dried blueberries and bitter leaves. This is a flavour bomb, carrying so much complexity and intrigue.
The Radikon family's vineyard holdings cover some 18 hectares of steep slopes in and around Oslavia, near the Slovenia/Italy border. Since 1980, Stanislao (Stanko) Radikon has made the wines alongside his wife Suzana. Their son, Sasa, has taken up the reins and is now the soft-spoken frontman for the family business.
These wines are the benchmark for unwavering commitment to the natural wine movement. The famous amber wines are made with extremely long skin maceration, years of time in barrel and a long rest in bottle before release. This process reveals wines that are deeply golden in colour, firmly structured, wild and of a singular character.
Radikon is not for the faint of heart. If you are a skin contact newcomer, the wines can be challenging at first. However, if you are an aficionado the style, these are some of the rarest and most sought-after creations in this genre that can be found anywhere in the world.