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Modrý Portugal (Blauer Portugieser / Kékoportó)

Through wine, Zsolt Sütó hopes to achieve self-awareness. A return to what he considers long forgotten values- understanding nature and oneself, the ability to accept something different, and that cheapness, comfort, and conformity are not and should not be guiding principles. Sütó strives to return to the ancient roots of winemaking; to create wines that require an open mind to enjoy. In his own words, wine “to which nothing has been added, and nothing has been taken away.” If you have preconceived notions of what a glass of wine should be, his wine will challenge them.

Strekov 1075, founded in 2002, focuses on terroir wines, expressive of the Strekov village, located in south-west Slovakia. All of the vineyard work is done by hand, and indigenous grapes of Central Europe are preferred. The wines are fermented spontaneously without any intervention, with no sulfur added, and are macerated on skins. Sütó has gone as far removing wire rods and poles from 5 ha of his 12 ha vineyard, training grapes to grow closer to the soil, believing they will express terroir more clearly with the proximity to the earth.
These wines have a lot of depth and complexity- they’re bold and unique.

Zsolti’s primeur-style wine – it was named after his donkey and is just as full of life and joy!

Grapes: Modrý Portugal (Blauer Portugieser / Kékoportó)

Vineyard: Vád, certified organic and farmed by Zsolti himself. Head-trained, planted in 2012. Clay-loam topsoil with a high level of calcium on marine sediments. 

Making of: the grapes were handpicked, destemmed but not crushed. Fermented for about 2 weeks in open-top vats with gentle stirring by hand, no added selected yeasts or other additives, no temperature control. The free-run juice then spent ~1 month in a stainless steel tank, without any mechanical interventions. Bottled by gravity at the end of October, under crown caps to enjoy the fruitiness. No fining, filtration or SO2 added.

Personality: juicy, smooth, lightly fizzy – very youthful, easy-drinking material that’s best chilled and shared with friends.

-Jenny & Francois


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