Vino Vdovjak NIB 2019
Matúš Vdovjak makes wine in the Tokaj region of Slovakia - based in the small village of Velka Trna, close to the borders of Ukraine and Hungary. His winemaking career started in the cellars of a conventional wine producer where he realised that the only way to express terroir to its full potential is a low-intervention approach - both in the vineyards and the cellar. Matúš works with the signature Tokaj grape varieties: Furmint, Lipovina (Hárslevelű) and Yellow Muscat, however, patches of Muscat Ottonel and Welschriesling can be found in his vineyards too. Matúš is spearheading natural wine production in the region and along with two of his winemaking friends, started a group promoting this winemaking approach called Tokaj Underground. Under this project, they keep the classical, rustic way of wine production alive, although they
are not afraid of experimenting and pushing the boundaries including through the use of Georgian amphoras. His annual production is around 10,000 bottles.
Orange wine made from a blend of Welschriesling (50%) and Hárslevelű (Lipovina) (50%). De-stemmed grapes were loaded to 1000L Georgean amphorae, where they fermented and then aged on skins for 12 months. The free-running wine was taken from the amphorae and used in another cuveé and the skins with yeasts were pressed. The resulting wine was loaded to small old oak barrels of 140L, where it continued to mature under flor. A delicate orange wine, with the right level of tannins giving a light gripiness and lingering acidity.
Welschriesling (50%), Hárslevelű (50%)