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Milan Nestarec Miky-Maus 2017

Orange Wine from Czech Republic, Czech Republic
$43.99

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From the producer: I love me a good challenge: Miky-maus is the result of my grape swap with the Moravian natural wine OG Petr Nejedlík of Dobrá Vinice. Petr gives me Welschriesling, Muller and Gruner from his beautiful, approximately 40-yo National Park vineyard near Popice, I give him my Pinot and Blaufrankisch. It's a win-win, 'cause we both like the extra fun & adrenaline of working with some “stranger” grapes that behave differently from our own. (If I didn’t publicly hate this word I’d call his grapes' character “distinctly mineral”.)

I turn this unfamiliar matter into a macerated white - on skins until the fermentation starts, say 3-4 days, then pressed and left alone in big old barrels. Quite rich and herbal, but thank g-d (or rather the perfect grapes and Mother Nature) there’s still heaps of acidity that make you reach for another glass. And another. And another.

The name is a tribute to my childhood hero, the one and only Mickey, as well as a gentle poke to a winemaking neighbour of mine - when we tasted the first edition together a couple of years ago, he thought there was some mouse in it. There wasn’t (and hasn’t been since), but the name was born nonetheless. Thx for the name, man! (I let the cats out.)

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In his short time as a commercial winemaker, Milan Nestarec has achieved quite a bit of recognition from natural wine lovers the world over. But back home in the Czech Republic, he is a bit of a superstar. He’s a forerunner in producing wine without the assistance of synthetic chemicals in the vineyard or the cellar and sees his role in the cellar as helping to guide nature along its course in the service of producing the best wine possible with the raw material each vintage provides. He has become an inspiration to a growing movement of young winemakers throughout the Czech Republic who are helping to carve out a new and unique identity for Czech Wines.

Like most stories about wine, this begins with the vines. Milan’s father planted 8 hectares of them in 2001 across two wine-growing municipalities: Moravský Žižkov and Velké Bílovice in the Southern Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. As is tradition in many parts of eastern Europe, he planted a dizzying array of varieties. Since the beginning they have been farmed organically. More recently Milan has converted to biodynamic practices having been convinced through experience that increased biodiversity in the field leads to more complex and stable wines.

In the cellar, things get complicated. His many cuvees are produced rather idiosyncratically. Fermentation vessels can range from 400-600 litre oak or acacia barrels of varying ages to 2000 liter stainless steel tanks. Elevage can last for only a few months to many years. He does not rack the wines off and elevage takes place in the same vessels as the fermentation. After the prescribed period the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Milan works diligently to produce wines that are naturally stable and like most of his wines, they never sees any sulphur additions.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Muller-Thurgau , Riesling , Welschriesling

  • Vintage

    2017

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Floral , Fruity , Funky

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied