Gravner Ribolla 2011
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World-renowned for being the first established winemaker in Italy to convert to the use of clay amphorae, and largely credited for the explosion of interest in ‘orange’ - or as he describes them, ‘amber’ wines - Josko Gravner is a conviction winemaker who has incidentally inspired a generation of winemakers, both in Italy and beyond.
Josko Gravner’s 18 hectares of vineyards (with another 4 recently planted) 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 to achieve perfection.
Made from Ribolla grapes which have been cultivated in this area for more than a thousand years. While fermenting in Georgian amphorae buried underground, it underwent a long maceration with wild yeasts and no temperature control. After the drawing off and pressing phasesthe 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. Wine is bottled without fining or filtration.