The fruit for the Radikon Slatnik is sourced from vines planted on ponca soils made up of layers and blends of minerals from the prehistoric sea bed, clay and sandstone.
The grapes are hand-harvested and allowed to macerate on skins with the juice from eight to fourteen days in oak vats. The wine is then matured for 18 months in 25/35hectoliter casks. Bottles are then aged for two months before being released. Sulphur is less than 20mg/L.
Chewy, powdery texture, bracing acidity, lots of green and dried apple characters, hay/straw savouriness, a touch of oatmeal, lots of bright citrus and some more floral stone fruit characters there too. Lots going on. Lots. Drinks a charm straight from go, though drink it in a sitting rather than saving some as the wine doesn’t look as bright day two. The skinsy pucker is really good, the flavours savoury mostly, though lots of interesting fruit character to pause over. Very good release.
94 points, The Wine Front (August 2020)