WOW! Jakot 2016 is an absolute gem of an orange wine.
Tangerine Oil and Eucalypus vibes. So smooth.
Franco Terpin is a highly regarded natural winemaker from the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy, directly bordering Slovenia. Terpin's vineyards are located in the rugged hills surrounding the small town of San Floriano del Collio and cover approximately 12 hectares.
Terpin's vineyards are planted with multiple grape varieties, including Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana, Friulano, Pinot Grigio, and Merlot. The soils in the vineyards are primarily composed of marl and sandstone, which contribute to the unique flavor profiles of Terpin's wines. The vineyards are also influenced by the region's cool climate and proximity to the Adriatic Sea, which provides a moderating influence on the temperature and helps to maintain the acidity and freshness of the grapes.
So… why is it Tokaj called Jakot? Well, the grape NAME Tokaj Friulano is controversial… as Hungary declared it does not want customers to be confusing their famous Tokaji wine (which is made of Furmint, Hárslevelu and Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains) with this Tokaj Friulano from Friuli and Slovenia.
So… it was suddenly an infringement to use the original grape name. Wine artisans in the Collio region defied this, in their own way and call their Tokaj grape Jakot… which is the same word backwards!