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.
Winemaker’s note: “An unusual type of wine bottled with its lees, which highlights the terroir.” Nigori means cloudy in Japanese and that’s exactly what you get here – a hazy, layered treat with almost umami-like flavors.
Grape: Rizling vlassky (Welschriesling)
Vineyard: Vineyard: Vád, certified organic and farmed by Zsolti himself. Head-trained, planted in 2011. Clay-loam topsoil with a high level of calcium on marine sediments.
Cellar: After the bunches were de-stemmed and pressed, the juice was transferred to 500-liter oak barrels, where it spontaneously fermented and aged on the lees for 10 months. Bottled unfiltered, with fine lees, no SO2 added.
Personality: not only cloudy but also fresh, with intensive fruitiness and creamy sweet wood taste lifted by great acidity.
-Jenny & Francois