Vitovska Azienda Vodopivec 2011
Origin: Friuli, Italy
Style; Orange Wine
Aging: in Slavonian oak barrels of 30 hectolitres for 24 months with appropriate decanting.
Bottling: without filtration or addition of chemical-physical stabilizers.
Alcohol content: 12.50%.
Supplier: Les Caves de Pyrenne
Six months of maceration in the amphora to let express the full potential of the grapes harvested on 16 and 17 September. The label collects grapes from different vineyards that naturally blend the characteristics of the area. A perfect synthesis that brings every image and perfume of the Karst to the bottle, after twenty-four months of aging in wood.
The vineyard is framed by the Carso, the grapevines grow amidst Nature. Even the wine-cellar is framed by the Carso, the wine matures in its environment. It is the principal element of a universe, which outside is a flow of energy, driven by the Bora wind blowing across the grapevine. And the wine breathes in the best air.
Each hectare of land grows ten thousand plants. Each plant gives one-half kilogram of grapes. Natures knows its own balance, man listens in order to comprehend the language of the earth. Rain waters the grapevines, no other irrigation is needed, because the earth requires hard work, attention and experience but it pays and the procedure is the product of natural imperfection; the hand of man must second this, not modify it. The grape which enters the wine-cellar is prepared by long, slow maceration, restoring little by little what Nature has created in time.
The temperature is naturally constant. No filters or refrigeration is needed, as the wine is born in the most natural fashion and finds in the amphora its container par excellence, the fundamental element of wine-making. The wine is best expressed through storage in underground terra cotta, placed at a constant temperature for a period from five to seven months. It will then spend two years in large barrels, so as not to rush. This is a natural wait, like that of a mother for her child.
History is not forgotten. Today’s vineyard is heir to a farming family that has always been tied to the land. Our passion has its roots in the awareness of what it is. Today it produces one and only one wine – Vitovska, the wine of the Carso – rich historical heritage. There is but one way and it has already been indicated, the choice of following it is the most obvious. A choice of life tied to Nature, of listening to the land and its rhythms. Nothing must be forced, wisdom lies in knowing how to wait for the right time. This is the path of Nature, of respect for life. The wine is born in its microcosm and is the mirror of Nature.
The Carso outside is discovered in the bottle.