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Atimo 2014 by Filip Koletnik
Filip Koletnik is crafting quirky, natural wines from grapes sourced from the Goriška Brda region in Slovenia. His production is small, bottling less than 1,000 magnums per year. Felipe doesn’t have his own vineyards nor his own cellar. He buys grapes from growers who farm organically. He also rents cellar space from a friend.
We asked Filip why he chose to bottle Atimo only in magnums. “Because it’s the perfect amount of this type of wine for two people,” he answered with a smile.
Filip recommends stirring up the sediment before drinking the wine to feel the full flavor. We are really fond of this approach to wines of this style. It reminds us of our time in Georgia, where winemakers make sure that sediment is mixed in with the wine properly before serving.
The 2014 vintage is a blend of Chardonnay and Malvazija. It was fermented and macerated for nine months on lees in 500L barrels. After nine months, the skins are removed, the wine is racked and then aged for an additional 16 months in barrel. While this combination of grapes is nice, Felipe wants to move towards using Rebula instead of Chardonnay in future vintages.
This is a full-fledged minimal intervention wine. It’s light in body for an amber wine. Full of dandelion, grapefruit, lemon, and white grapes. Drinking this wine gives one the sensation of grapefruit juice. The tannins are low. The wine is unfined and unfiltered. It is juicy and goes great with food.
The wine is easy drinking and has good energy but buyer beware… this is a hardcore natural wine and it’s not for everyone. The Atimo 2014 reminds us of the minimal intervention wines from Austria. Those who are familiar with this style will feel right at home.
3.9/5 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the START HERE page.)
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