We are far in the small rugged commune of Carso, where two enigmatic brothers, Paolo and Valter Vodopivec have earned an enviable international reputation for their distinctive wines. To discuss the terroir of Carso is to speak more about rock than soil. Carso, in fact, actually means something like “land of rock” in Celtic. Walter and Paolo Vodopivec actually had to physically break up the limestone bedrock to plant their vines. The rocky terrain leaves a firm imprint on the wine with an undeniable acid and mineral streak.
Deep, rich (but not heavy) and aromatic with layers of dried peach, warm apricot and apple notes on both the nose and mid palate, a splendid Vitovska that is as bone dry as the rocks from which the vines eke out their precarious existence, yet somehow refreshing and curiously saline with a very long finish that imparts further flavours of hazelnuts and dried fig.
Producer Vodopivec di Vodopivec Paolo
Origin Carso, Friuli, Italy
Alcohol 12.5% ABV
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Destemmed grapes, fermented in amphora with indigenous yeast.
Matured for six months in amphora and a further two years in Slavonian oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. No filtration nor fining.
Small amount of sulphur added at bottling
Notes Natural, Organic