Nando Jakot (grape variety) melon, orange rind and late summer sun, new favorite
A lightly skin-contact white of the Jakot grape, what the Slovenians are calling Tocai Friulano or Sauvignon vert. Farmed organically and hand harvested grapes. The grapes are destemmed and give a 12 hour maceration on the skins. Fermented with wild yeasts in steel tanks, no filtering or fining, nothing added not even sulfites. This is a great entry point to orange wine as the maceration is fairly short - a really elegant wine and is the most floral of the three blue label wines that they make.
NANDO farm is located in Plesivo, Brda in the Primorska region, bordering with the Friuli-Collio region of Italy. Of the 5.5 hectares, 60% are located in Italian Collio and 40% in Brda. The favorable Mediterranean micro-climate is mixed with warm sea air arriving from the Adriatic Sea in the south, and cooler temperatures from the Julian Alps located north of the farm. This unique climate is very well suited for white wines. The vineyards are terraced at an altitude of 100m to 200m, and planted with local (indigenous) Rebula, Tokaj, and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The vines range from 9 to 40 years, with yields of 4000 to 6000 kg. per hectare. The vineyards are planted in a poor soil of marl or “ponka” as it’s known in the local Slovenian dialect.
To protect against disease, copper and sulfur treatments are used sparingly. Chemical agents are not used. The soil is planted with grass, and the harvest is manual with grapes harvested in full maturity from September to October. Spontaneous fermentation without the addition of selected yeasts, sulfur and other chemicals. Minimal amount of S02 are added only at bottling." - Zev Rovine