2020 Milan Nestarec Moravia 'OKR' 1L
Milan on this wine: “Our wines have been gradually shifting towards less skin contact and more nuance – especially the White Labels, our “top shelf”, see shorter and shorter maceration times. That said, I still like to enjoy a (tamed) skin contact wine from time to time; and I understand that a lot of people are, on the contrary, suckers for this style, since hardly a week goes by without someone asking me for something orange. 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, something I like to drink…”
The name Okr (ochre in Czech) follows the concise, color-themed concept of its siblings Běl and Nach, and honors eponymous natural pigment with a long history of use by humans, made from actual earth and offering the same hues as orange wines, from yellow to orange or amber.
Grapes: Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon, Traminer
Soil: Loess, clay, sand – blend of different vineyards in Bílovice and Moravský Žižkov, aged from 5 to 40 years. Estate-owned, organic.
Making of: The grapes are hand-picked, gently destemmed and then 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. Aged for ~ 11 months half in old oak, half in stainless steel tank, then bottled unfined, unfiltered, unsulfured.
- Country Czech Republic
- Style White Wine
- Producer Milan Nestarec
- Farming Practices Organic
- Grapes Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer
- Food Pairings Stinky Cheese, Roast White Meats, White Sauce, Spicy, Crunchy Greens, Fried Food
- Characteristics Wild Side, No Sulfur, Flexes w/ Food, Juicy, Aromatic