Forks and Knives White, 2019, Czech Republic

Forks and Knives White, 2019, Czech Republic

Milan Nestarec

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Grapes: Gruner Veltliner, Neuburger, Sauvignon, Pálava, Riesling
Region: Moravia, Czech Republic
Average Age of Vines: 20 years

Soil: Loess, sand, clay
Harvest: By hand
Winemaking: Hand-selected and destemmed, fermentation indigenous yeasts with ~10% skin contact. No SO2, unfiltered and unrefined.
Elevage: Aged in stainless steel and big neutral barrels of 600 and 3000 liters for about 17 months
Winemaker(s): Milan Nestarec

Milan on this wine: “For me & my family, wine is like food, something that should be on your table every day. Our bread and butter (literally). This is the kind of wine I wanna make: affordable, everyday, friendly stuff. Not something for the upper class, not something you need to swirl your glass and head around, talking about viscosity or minerality for ages (no offense, but jeez do I hate this word). My wine is for drinking, not for flashing posh terms. And the Forks & Knives range is a perfect embodiment of this. The F&K range started with the 2014 vintage – I met Fleur Godard, my French importer, in Cologne, along with Justine Saint Lo, a wonderful illustrator who also happens to be the sister of Francois Saint Lo, a great Loire Valley winemaker. Back in my cellar, when tasting the then nearly-born wine, we had a revelation: it was fate that decided Justine should make the labels, which I’ve kept ever since – I love their power to communicate the easy yet entertaining “everyday wine for any meal & table” vibe that this wine is all about.”