Elegant, fancy, creamy, layered, seductive bubbles. Dry, with invigorating acidity.
Detailed Notes from the Winemaker below for you nerds out there:
Harvest & Winemaking
Harvested by hand into small crates (18-20 kg) in order to keep the grapes as intact as possible. About a third of the grapes are picked early for acidity, the rest a few weeks later. All the grapes are then gently destemmed and crushed. The base wine consists of
- Early-picked Pinot Gris 2021 that stays on skins until roughly 5% ABV, then racked into old barrels.
- Pesecká Leánka 2021, 3 days on skins, the free-run juice then ferments and ages in old barrels.
After roughly 10 months of ageing on fine lees in the stable temperature of our historical underground cellar, the wines were blended together at the beginning of September 2022, and we added a bit (about 5%) of skin-macerated late-harvest Pinot Gris 2020 (our Extracta, 24 months in barrel) to spice things up. The slow, natural secondary fermentation happens in bottles, launched in autumn 2022 by adding fresh fermenting Leánka grape must (about 5% of the blend). All the bottles are shaken by hand in order to incorporate the bubbles better into the wine. Unfined, unfiltered, unsulphured, undisgorged. 12,5% ABV
Aromas, Flavours & Indulgent Pairings
Volcanic tang, crushed rock, yeasty notes mingled with forest strawberries, apricots and flowers. Quite creamy in the mouth, thanks to the fine bubbles and silky maceration notes; ending on a salty acid kick with orange / pomelo rind flavours. I recommend pairing Vulcanica with another glass of Vulcanica. (Ok, a nice white fish - like a sturgeon typical for our lake district - roasted with wine, butter and herbs works marvellously too.)
Our notes about the maker:
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, within the Nitra wine region.
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.