A Wine That
is all about a gentle touch. Grüner Veltliner is often made in quite a rigid, acid-driven style. But what happens when you’re a little calmer 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.
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- Winemaker: Slobodne Vinarstvo
Where and How?
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: Slobodne Vinarstvo
It is impossible to evoke on paper the emotional turmoil—and subsequent relief and ecstasy—that the family behind Slovakia’s Slobodné Winery have felt over the past 100 years. The story of the country, in Miso Kuropka’s words (one quarter of the Slobodné quartet), “is complicated and tragic.” But they have overcome adversity, and regained their land. Today, they tend their vineyards with love and care and make extraordinary natural wines in their reconstructed cellar.