Radikon’s family of wines are unusual, floral and delicately expressive. Grapes are harvested by hand, then allowed to macerate on the skins for an extended period of time, sometimes for over a month. This extraction of pigment creates a wine that is not white but rather orange. The hues of Radikon’s skin-fermented white wines range from amber to chestnut, and they have a richer, denser and more layered profile because so much more of the grape has been extracted. (Picture a white wine with a red wine’s swagger.) Furthermore, Radikon’s fermentation is conducted without temperature control, and the wines are aged in large, well-worn Slavonian oak barrels.
There are three product lines of wine to look for. Radikon’s blue-label line is distinctive for its 500mL and 1L bottles — two sizes that Stanko Radikon believes are better suited for two and four people. The bottling called “Oslavje” is tremendous, a vivid and floral blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. The “S-Range” of wines is noteworthy for the “Slatnik” bottling, which fills every corner of the senses with tones recalling macerated cherries, baked orange peel, roses, lemon oil and leather.
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