2017 Strekov 1075 Viola, 750ml

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A light-bodied red from the town of Strekov in southern Slovakia. The wine's blend is half Alibernet, a cross of Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon that has plantings in eastern Europe. In this wine it is given no skin-contact, considerably lightening the wine. The rest is 25% St. Laurent and 25% Blauer Portugieser, both vareiteis native to the central/eastern Europe. As with all Strekov wines, no fining or filtering, wild yeasts, open top fermenters, no suflites added.

Notes from the importer (Jenny & Francois):

"Zsolt Sütó cultivates 12 hectares of vines in the village of Strekov, in Slovakia. The vineyards are located on the terraces of Pohronska pahorkatina, featuring ponds and marshland that creates a unique microclimate. The top layer of soil consists of clay-loam, which lays above the marine sediments, sandstone and limestone veins. Deeper soil layers consist of yellow and blue-gray clay. Zsolt’s fermentations take place in open topped barrels with no sulfur and no intervention, he also uses a lot of skin maceration, aging under voile to create naturally strong and stable wines. As of the 2017 vintage. Zsolt was very happy to vinify and bottle all of his wines with zero additions of sulfur."

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