Winemaker: Agnes Lovecka & Mišo Kuropka
Region: Hlohovec region, within Lesser Carpathian, Slovakia (Malokarpatska)
Grapes: 50% Gruner Veltliner, 50% Sauvignon Blanc, fermented with wild hops
Sulphur: 25mg/l (total)
Suitable for vegans: Yes
Total Area Farmed: 17 hectares
Soils: Sedimented soils, loess and clay.
Age of vines: Average of 10 years
Viticulture: Organic (noncertified).
As of 2017 Slobodne are now also part of the Demeter (biodynamic) Arbeitsgruppe Waldviertelthe group from Austria. Vineyards: All of the grapes are estate-grown in their village of Zemianske Sady. Their 17 hectares of vines are a small part of their 350ha farm, where they tend livestock and also grow poppies, barley, wheat, rapeseed, and more.
2017 was a very strong vintage. They avoided the frosts and rains that plagued the 2016 vintage in their region. Ideal ripening conditions, good yields, less treatments needed and very healthy grapes with good concentration.
Vinification: The grapes were destemmed and fermented on the skins for 7 days. After pressing the wine was returned to vats and finished fermentation with the addition of wild hops that had been picked from their own forest. The hops were then removed and the wine was aged in steel tanks for only a couple of months before bottling.
Unfined, unfiltered, tiny sulphite addition.