Pivnica Čajkov 'Tecton' NV

Pivnica Čajkov 'Tecton' NV

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2020/21 tecton.STYLE: DRY RED WINEWINE MAKER: Marek UhnákVINTAGE: 2020, 2021LOCATION: Nitra, Tekovsky, Village ČajkovVINEYARD: Čajkov, three neighboring vineyards, mature vinesASPECT: SouthALTITUDE: 200mPLANTED: 2009SOIL COMPOSITION: mixed volcanicPREVAILING CLIMATE & LOCAL CLIMACTIC:  Continental climate - hot days,...

2020/21 tecton.

STYLE: DRY RED WINE
WINE MAKER: Marek Uhnák
VINTAGE: 
2020, 2021
LOCATION: 
Nitra, Tekovsky, Village Čajkov
VINEYARD: 
Čajkov, three neighboring vineyards, mature vines
ASPECT: South
ALTITUDE: 
200m
PLANTED: 
2009
SOIL COMPOSITION: 
mixed volcanic
PREVAILING CLIMATE & LOCAL CLIMACTIC:  
Continental climate - hot days, cold nights
FARMING: 
Organic
GRAPE COMPOSITION: 
Frankovka (Blaufränkisch), Alibernet (red), Devín (white)
HARVEST: 
by hand into small crates
MACERATION:
FERMENTATION / AGING: 
Frankovka + Alibernet were destemmed, crushed and spontaneously co-fermented in open-top vats. The free run juice goes into old barrels at ~10% ABV (to avoid Alibernet's hard tannins), a bit of 2020 Blaufrankisch was added for juiciness and drive, and a dash of 2021 Devín for aromatics.
FINING & FILTRATION: 
none
BOTTLES PRODUCED: 
5,000

FROM MAREK UHNÁK…

Red & white grapes in full tectonic motion, based on the 2020 vintage with a drop of 2021. Earthy, fiery Alibernet ridge - juicy Frankovka undercurrent - dash of volcanic ash, served by the eloquent white Devín. Putting these grapes together was a happy accident – one vintage, I had such little yield from one vineyard that I had to process all its grapes together, no matter the color. Although unplanned, I liked the result so much that I replicated this blend later on purpose, Tecton is a blend of three neighboring sites with similar soil and spirit – proportions vary according to vintage, but the aim is always a tasty red wine that's grounded, but still a bit provocative and easy to finish a bottle of.”

The color of Tecton defies its fresh character. Equal parts plum and grapefruit it pulls the pallet in opposite directions. Spicy and juicy it is adept in the kitchen most of all with umami rich sanguine treats, nutty cheeses, charred veggies and middle eastern flavors.

3 obscure grapes, each from a unique and tiny family plot:

Alibernet comes from Gerhánka, a .3 ha plot, old family vineyard next to a meadow feeding our cows. 250m elevation, south facing, organic, pyroclastic tuff with volcanic glass and ashes, very porous and well drained, planted in the 80s

Frankovka comes from Stará Hora (northern part), 2 ha plot, 300m, south facing, certified organic, soil is Red rhyolite - crystallised magma, hard and erosion-resistant, planted 2009

Devin comes from Východné, mainly Cyril's vineyard (named after my uncle). .2 ha plot, 240-280m elevation, south facing, organic, pyroclastic tuff with volcanic glass and ashes, very porous and well drained, planted in 1992. 


Style: Co-fermented, chillable red.