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Wine Club Edition
— August 2021

Happy July!

This month, we're taking a deep dive into Central Europe, Sicily, and across the pond to Australia and California as we get to explore the wines from 5 upcoming winemakers making wines across the full colour spectrum.

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Wine #1:
Smetana 2020

What's it Like?

Grüner Veltliner is often made in quite a rigid, acid-driven style. But what happens when you’re a little gentler with it—a little more hands-off? Well, the answer lies in this bottle. Think natural Greek yoghurt with fresh chunks of pineapple and a spicy twist, but still with that hallmark freshness the variety is famous for. A grown-up Piña Colada. Indeed, ‘Smetana’ means creamy in Czech, but it’s also a nod to the famous Czech classical composer Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), who is pictured on the label.

Where's it From?

This comes from the biodynamic vineyard of the Slobodné quartet. Their farm is called Zemianske Sady, and is located near Hlohovec in Slovakia. The family has an incredible story—they were able to reclaim their land post-communism thanks to some historical papers that had been left in a basement in Prague many moons ago. Take a further delve into this remarkable story by clicking the link below. 

How's it Made?

The grapes were destemmed, pressed, and left overnight to settle. Natural fermentation took place outside, and was very slow. After fermenting, the wine was moved into egg-shaped tanks where it stayed on the full lees (all the delicious yeasty bits) for a couple of months before being bottled in November. It has some sediment in the bottle on purpose to protect it, as it was bottled without sulfites. Just 1000 bottles made.

The Winemaker:
Slobodné — Slovakia

The wine comes from the biodynamic vineyard of the Slobodné quartet. Their farm is called Zemianske Sady, and is located near Hlohovec in Slovakia. The family has an incredible story—they were able to reclaim their land post-communism thanks to some historical papers that had been left in a basement in Prague many moons ago.

"Working biodynamically completely changed my perspective; on reality, and how we observe the world. If scientists paid more attention to it—with open minds—it could be beneficial for everybody, for living beings, for the land, for grapevines, and for the wine."

Wine #2:
Smetana 2020

What's it Like?

Grüner Veltliner is often made in quite a rigid, acid-driven style. But what happens when you’re a little gentler with it—a little more hands-off? Well, the answer lies in this bottle. Think natural Greek yoghurt with fresh chunks of pineapple and a spicy twist, but still with that hallmark freshness the variety is famous for. A grown-up Piña Colada. Indeed, ‘Smetana’ means creamy in Czech, but it’s also a nod to the famous Czech classical composer Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), who is pictured on the label.

Where's it From?

This comes from the biodynamic vineyard of the Slobodné quartet. Their farm is called Zemianske Sady, and is located near Hlohovec in Slovakia. The family has an incredible story—they were able to reclaim their land post-communism thanks to some historical papers that had been left in a basement in Prague many moons ago. Take a further delve into this remarkable story by clicking the link below. 

How's it Made?

The grapes were destemmed, pressed, and left overnight to settle. Natural fermentation took place outside, and was very slow. After fermenting, the wine was moved into egg-shaped tanks where it stayed on the full lees (all the delicious yeasty bits) for a couple of months before being bottled in November. It has some sediment in the bottle on purpose to protect it, as it was bottled without sulfites. Just 1000 bottles made.

The Winemaker:
Slobodné — Slovakia

The wine comes from the biodynamic vineyard of the Slobodné quartet. Their farm is called Zemianske Sady, and is located near Hlohovec in Slovakia. The family has an incredible story—they were able to reclaim their land post-communism thanks to some historical papers that had been left in a basement in Prague many moons ago.

"Working biodynamically completely changed my perspective; on reality, and how we observe the world. If scientists paid more attention to it—with open minds—it could be beneficial for everybody, for living beings, for the land, for grapevines, and for the wine."

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