Feteasca Alba. Add that to your list of grapes to try.
This is from 35+ year old vines that are another regional variety being savoured by Marek at Pivnica Čajkov. Apparently quite a whimsical variety, 90% of the local Feteasca Alba have vanished.
Yet, I'm a converted ambassador of the variety. Especially if they're as good as this one. 21 days on skins yet it carries only a subtle orange veil, fantastic acid structure, a body of apricot and tropical fruit and a long mineral finish. distinct and balanced, beautiful drinking on own or with some lighter spiced dishes.
Meet Pivnica Čajkov. A small craft winery located at the foot of the Štiavnica Mountains and the remains of the Sitno volcano in the village of Čajkov.
Marek now leads the Uhnák family winery after generations of toil and is harnessing local varieties such as Pesecká Leánka and Feteasca Alba - varieties that are increasingly disappearing in favour of more convenient and popular international varieties. Despite the challenges Marek believes that his local gems are particularly suitable for the local climate/conditions and is passionate about sharing them the world.