Slobodne, Rebela Rosa
Very moreish and textured rosé with buckets of spice, tingly forest fruits, and just enough of a herbal edge to add interest whilst keeping it accessible. A delight, and suitable for all weather.
Grapes: 50% Frankovka Modrá (Blaufränkisch), 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Place: Hlohovec, Slovakia
Slobodne are a winery and farm located about an hour's drive east of Bratislava. Today's winemakers are making wine in the same cellar as their great great uncle was in the early 1900s.
In 2009, their children (two sisters, Agnes and Katarina) decided to leave their life in the city (Bratislava) to return to the farm and become winemakers, along with their two partners Andrea and Miso (their logo is a representation of this lifestyle change). One year later they started Slobodne, which means 'freedom' in Slovak, or 'free winery'.
The four of them (now in late 30's and early 40’s) are still running the farm and making the wines, and are continuously pushing boundaries in their experiments with natural wines. They have a particular focus on various skin-contact wines, and were the first winery in Slovakia to start working with Georgian qvevri and Spanish Tinajas.