About The Wine
This wine from the Radikon family has a controversial history.
This wine is made from the grape formerly known as Tocai Friulano. It's the variety that Stanko Radikon would refer to as "Tokaj", before it was banned by law to call it so. Hence the name, Jakot (Tokaj spelt backwards).
Now, the variety has been completely revised and has been discovered to be a relative of Sauvignon Blanc known as Sauvignon Vert. It's a slightly less aromatic version of Sauvignon which makes the perfect base for an extended-maceration orange wine.
It's a wild burnt orange colour in the glass, the flavours span from Campari-esque bitter to herbal and savoury.
Lots of tannin, lots of everything, except additions, that is.
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.