Have you ever had a wine that tastes of something ancient, perhaps even primal? When I took my first sip of Josko Gravner’s Amphora Bianco Breg 2004 I felt as if I was drinking a piece of history. However, to tell the truth, I really was: the amphora method of wine making dates as far back as 6,000 years BC. Now that’s ancient.
This wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling Italico. As expected, the grapes sit macerating on their skins from fall until spring, a technique that gives this wine its explosive mouth feel! This wine has an enchanting deep dark amber color that I not so secretly wish more wines had. What I find remarkable is the palate seamlessly shifts between fruit, spice, minerals and earthiness.
I love the aromatics on this wine, I get notes candied orange peel, honey, savory, and nutmeg. High alcohol (14.5% ABV), medium+ body, medium+ acid, and a medium finish.
Enjoy this wine now or wait a little while. Gravner wines are quality and can withstand cellaring. I bought this for about $65, which is a fair retail price. I will definitely be purchasing again as I feel Gravner Wines are such a lovely piece of orange wine history.
Remember that Saturday, October the 6th is #NationalOrangeWineDay! Celebrate by popping open a bottle of orange wine either at home or your nearest wine bar! I’ll be cheersing along with you all!
Amanda Claire Goodwin