Milan Nestarec Okr, Czech Republic, 2020 (1000ml)
"In short, skin contact wines still have their place in my heart and cellar, and creating an amber brother to our dear Běl & Nach liters was kind of a no-brainer. These three salt-of-the-earth fellas all share not only the plump one-liter bottles that we've really fallen in love with, and linocut label by my dear wife Mirka, but also the same “everyday easy drinking” vibe. You know me, I'm still making wine mainly for myself, wine that my family and I like to drink .) This means no hardcore tannins or long macerations, but rather a fine, normal skin contact wine with great energy, distinguished aromatics, and only a hint of the “orangey” character. (Full disclosure: I don't enjoy the term “orange wine” very much.)" - from Milan, the winemaker
ABOUT THE WINE
Though Milan Nestarec is starting to lean away from long-maceration skin-contact whites and towards more nuance he still enjoys orange wines and leaves room for them in his cellar and in his heart.
Milan used Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon and a little bit of Traminer, coming from our various vineyards in both Moravský Žižkov and Velké Bílovice. Fermented mostly as whole berries, without stomping and with only gentle punch-downs, 5 – 7 days depending on the variety. All this in order to get only a gentle extraction, to make this wine as palatable and drinkable as possible (talking big gulps here). Aged for 11 months half in old oak, half in stainless steel tank, then bottled unfined, unfiltered, unsulfured. Each variety gave the best of their skins, and the resulting wine is vivid, fun, and just enough talkative for it to be the best of companions.
Varietal: Chardonnay, Gruner Vetliner, Sauvignon, Traminer
Organic, Biodynamic, Natural, Sustainable