Forks and Knives
PINOT NOIR - 2016
MORAVIA, CZECH REPUBLIC
ORGANIC | LOW INTERVENTION
Vibrant and taught Pinot Noir that does well with 10 minutes to figure itself out. Mellows to juicy earthen dark plums and cherries with a touch of smoke.
From 15 year old vines planted on Loess soils. The grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. The wine is fermented in 2500 litre stainless steel tanks for about 10 days with indigenous yeasts. The skins remain in contact with the juice for about 3 days, for a light and soft extraction and occasional pigeage. Half of the wine stays in tank and the other half goes into used 225 litre oak barrels for about 13 months. The wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined, and with zero sulphur added.
Milan Nestarec is a young grower based in Moravia, a region in the Czech Republic that lies just 15km from the northern Austrian border. Milan’s father planted the 8 hectares of vines in 2001 across two wine growing municipalities: Moravský Žižkov and Velké Bílovice. This region has a lot in common with Austria, from the loess soils to the grape varieties that flourish here. Milan works with a host of varieties including Riesling, Neuburger, Welschriesling, Pinot Noir and the lesser known Hibernal. The yield is kept low in the vineyards and the focus is always on quality and expressing the full potential of each variety.
Milan is a member of the ‘Autentisté’ group - a community of winemakers making authentic wines that strive to express the true character of the land. No herbicides are used in his vineyards and the vines are worked strictly organically. Milan also vinifies everything with indigenous yeasts and bottles without fining or filtration.