Gravner 2011 Ribolla
Josko Gravner is one of Italy's most revered but also most controversial wine producers. Back in 1997 he was the first producer to introduce amphoras from Georgia to ferment and age his wines. This controversial technique changed the wines entirely creating whole new category, what we now call 'orange' wines. The wines undergo an extended maceration in amphora, then, once racked off the skins, they are aged for a further period in the amphora before being transferred to Slavonian oak cask for around 5 years.
The wines are quite extraordinary and despite the now popularity of ageing wine in these vessels, Gravner's wines are unique for their depth of flavour and character. Any adventurous wine lover must try a Gravner wine at least once in their life.
"Lustrous amber. Deep and compact with enormous depth, but at the same time still a little tight on the nose. Bread crust, acacia honey and savoury, saline notes. Very tightly knit apricot and spice palate, and still very compact but with a fine, persistent thread of acidity running all the way through the wine. Lots of super-fine tannins like a wall-to-wall carpet for the still-compact fruit. A Ribolla Gialla monument." Walter Speller, Jancisrobinson.com, 18 points