Damijan 'Kaplja' Venezia Giulia IGT 2014

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Damijan Podversic started out in the family business as a negociant. But when he found a small abandoned plot in the Collio Goriziano, he ignored the common attitude that it was too difficult to work and eagerly bought it. He cleared the land, rebuilt terraces, and set to replanting it. He farms organically, also employing many biodynamic practices, and is very traditional in the winery, shunning modern stainless steel for barrels. His Collio Biancos are fermented on the skins with natural yeasts, and he never bottles or releases a wine unless it has had ample time to develop; he even insists on bottling the Kaplja in December while the moon is waning. The Kaplja is a blend of 40% chardonnay, 30% nekaj (friulano), and 30% malvasia istriana, which are macerated with their skins in large oak barrels for 60 to 90 days. When it finishes fermenting, it gets aged in 20 or 30 hl barrels for 3 years and rests for 1 year in the bottle before release. Each vintage, a different percentage of the grapes become botrytized, depending on the course of nature. 2014 is special because it was a cold year and 100% of the grapes were botrytized, but the wine is fermented to dryness. This orange wine is immensely complex, with notes of beeswax and honey, stone fruit, candied fruit, minerality, and balsamic, with a strong body, firm tannin, and persistent acidity. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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