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Skerk, Vitovska Bianco Venezia Giulia IGT 2020
Italy / Skin Contact/Orange

Skerk, Vitovska Bianco Venezia Giulia IGT 2020

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Notes from Oliver McCrum Wines:

"Sandi Skerk's entire process is natural, not because it is the trendy thing to do, but because it does not make sense to Sandi to make wine any other way. When asked about the style of winemaking that seems to be the trend in the Carso DOC, ie. long skin contact for the whites, Sandi talks about the great respect he has for his grandfather, who also made wine on the family's property, and about wanting to follow his technique. Making wine before it was common to use SO2 as a preservative, Sandi's grandfather used the technique of extended skin contact for his white wines. The tannins in the skins protect the wines from oxidation, allowing Sandi to use very little SO2 in his winemaking. Making wine naturally requires great care in the vineyards and the winery and if there is one thing I have learned about 'natural' wine after attending the two 'natural' wine fairs every year in Italy in March, it is that there is a big difference between 'natural wine' made by great winemakers and 'natural wine' made by any Joe Smoe hoping to jump on the 'natural wine' band wagon. Sandi is one of the great winemakers making natural wine well; his wines show impressive clarity, balance, and depth on the palate."

Venezia Giulia IGT
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Red soil, rich in silicates of iron
Destalking is performed; maceration on the skins for a period of 30 days in wooden vats of medium size with immersion of the cap 4-5 times a day. The wine remains on the lees for a period of 12 months in oak casks of 1500-2000L; wine is decanted into steel tanks and bottled without filtration and fining. Maturation in the bottle for 4-6 months before release.