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Vitovska, Skerlj 2019
Matej Skerlj farms just two hectares of vines across a collection of tiny parcels hidden amongst the woods of the Carso. Just inland from the sparkling waters of the Adriatic on a rocky plateau some 250 metres above sea level, this is a remarkable terroir. Vines are planted over a thin layer of red dirt rich in iron. In search of life, they push deep through the fossilised limestone below, resulting in wines with wonderful acidity and an often profound minerality. The plateau is cooled by a breeze from the sea and the bora, a wind that comes from mountains to the east. This is a unique microclimate, that in the right hands can produce wonderful wines.
In the cantina Matej takes a considered approach, with gentle macerations and a long élevage in old wood before release. These are wines that can only be from the Carso, wines with a real sense of place.
Vitovska that macerated on the skins for three weeks, before being pressed off to big old barrels for two years. The nose is discrete, with notes of minerals and brine and the palate is taut and linear, with a long, lingering and stony minerality, as if it were etched out the rock below.
Origin Carso, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
Alcohol 11% ABV
Style Medium body macerated white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, macerated on skins for 3 weeks, fermented with indigenous yeast, aged 2 years in old oak. Unfiltred and unfined. No added sulphites.
Notes Natural, Organic