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Frankovka, Cabernet Sauvignon, Veltlín

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.

An atypical red-white blend of old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Frankovka and Gruner Veltliner “which comes
from Strekov and goes to Hollywood,” like the famous 1980s pop group. Only ~800 bottles made.

Grapes: Frankovka (Blaufränkisch aka Frankie), Cabernet Sauvignon, Veltlín

Vineyard: blend of Zsolti’s vineyards including an old plot of Cabernet, all certified organic. Clay-loam topsoil with a high level of calcium on marine sediments.

Making of: the varieties were vinified separately, in a similar way: handpicked between September and October, destemmed but not crushed. Fermented for a few weeks in open casks with gentle stirring by hand, no added selected yeasts or other additives, no temperature control. The free-run juice spent 10 months in old 220-liter oak barrels. Blended and rested for a month together. Bottled by gravity without fining, filtration or SO2 the following summer.

Personality: perky red mingling the Blaufrankisch / Cab dark fruit, earthy tangy notes and velvet tannins with refreshing acidity and smooth feel of the Gruner addition. A masterful easy-drinking blend by the one and only Zsolt…

-Jenny & Francois


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