100% Pinot Gris
Viticulture: Organic (non- certified). 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: Spontaneous fermentation in open vats outside, on unsedimented pressed grapes + the addition of whole bunch intact grapes
to the fermenting vats (roughly 20% of the total grapes). So a sort of unique semi-carbonic form of partial skin contact. The clusters were pressed after 7-10 days and the wine was then blended back in with the rest of the fermenting liquid. The wine was transferred to ‘Ovoid’ egg- shaped tanks where it aged for nearly a year. bottled unfined, unfiltered, with a tiny sulphite addition.