Juicy Fruit, 2018, Czech Republic

Juicy Fruit, 2018, Czech Republic

Milan Nestarec

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Grapes: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gruner Veltliner, Welschriesling
Region: Moravia, Czech Republic
Average Age of Vines: 18 years

Soil: Clay, chernozem, well-drained loess, sand
Harvest: By hand
Winemaking: Hand-selected and destemmed, 90% direct press and 10% skin contact. Cofermentation on indigenous yeasts in large neutral oak and acacia. No SO2, unfiltered and unfined.
Elevage: Aged on lees in neutral oak and acacia for 2 years (!)
Winemaker(s): Milan Nestarec

Milan on this wine: “Remember that chewing gum that tasted great for 3 seconds and then turned to bland plastic? Not the case here. Still, it inspired the name for this wine – as kids of the ex-East Bloc, we were mindblown when the Western treats, including these gums, made it to our country in the nineties. The experience totally resurfaced when I tasted this juicy, zesty wine for the first time, and that’s how the name was born.”

“Mostly based on Pinots as our vineyards sport a lot of them, but always co-planted with local varieties, because that’s how fate and necessity wanted it back then. It’s really fun to watch in the vineyard: the dainty, neat French bunches ooze elegance already at this stage, right next to the Moravian hulk Gruner that’s four times as big. I love to make worlds collide, so we simply harvest & process everything together, et voilá, the bilateral treaty of the year is born.”