Moravia, Czech Republic
Moravia, Czech Republic
Turn-around maverick of Moravia Milan Nestarec has quickly become the young star of the Czech Republic.
“The older I get, the more I speak about my wine as being normal. Not authentic, natural, artisanal, idk. Not using herbicides & other industrial treatments? Normal. No fooling around in the cellar? Normal. Not adding sulphur? Normal.”
Established 15km from the Austrian border and comprises about 10ha, all of which are farmed organically without the use of systemic fungicides and herbicides. The wines are a pure expression of the grapes typically grown in the Moravia region of the Czech Republic. They are ethereal and filled with passion, enthusiasm, and while being a true and transparent representation of the terroir and the philosophies of Milan and his family farm.
‘Low viscosity, absent minerality, zero bullshit. No fining or filtration, no gimmicks, no magic powders, no added sulphur. Just a bunch of tanks and old barrels, grape juice, and time.’
“Wines from the cellar express good and also the bad character of the people who created them, they are not easy coming, nor waiting for compliments or untruth praise. In the beginning, the wines keep to themselves, but once they feel comfortable they open up and show their loyalty.”
UPDATED | March 25 – 2022
~FORKS & KNIVES WHITE + MAGS 2019~
One of the most beloved and popular wines has gotten even tastier with the current 2019 vintage, as the blend now includes some grapes normally used for WTF and TRBLMKR. Gruner Veltliner, Neuburger, Sauvignon, Pálava and Riesling, with just a tiny bit of skin contact. Slovenské and Babušák vineyards. Some of it is on skins because it’s more fun, some of it is direct press. What’s important is that each grape gives it its best and it captures you right away, with the very first sip, and keeps you coming back for more of that citrus hard-candy vibe, like being lured in by a bright halogen light. The wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined, and with zero sulfur added.
Forks and Knives White 6 x 750ml | SKU #190143 | $28.40
Forks and Knives MAGNUMS White 6 x 1.5l | SKU #166830 | $58.35
~FORKS & KNIVES ROSÉ + MAGS 2019~
Cab Franc and Zweigelt, extremely drinkable and fun. Just like the F&K line is suppose to be. As you can probably tell from the colour, it lives somewhere around that sweet spot where soulful rosé becomes light red – courtesy of the Regent grape, a heritage from the times when Milans father used to work in a German wine nursery and these grapes were trendy. But who cares about the category when all you can think of is “fuckyeah! is there more? is there enough??”
Forks and Knives Rosé 6 x 750ml | SKU #417320 | $29.59
Forks and Knives MAGNUMS Rosé 6 x 1.5l | SKU #521936 | $58.35
~FORKS & KNIVES RED + MAGS 2019~
100% whole-bunch maceration of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt. Low viscosity, absent minerality, zero bullshit. Wine to be crushed along with some food – nothing more, nothing less. Serve thoroughly chilled. The wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined, and with zero sulfur added.
Forks and Knives Red 6 x 750ml | SKU #190061 | $28.40
Forks and Knives MAGNUMS RED 6 x 1.5l | SKU #166692 | $58.35
Dornfelder, with Zweigelt and a secret few white varieties. High colour, low tannin, high drinkability. Classical maceration on skins, gentle punchdowns in open-top vats and just under a hear of ageing in 600L barrels.
Barvirka 6 x 750ml | SKU #485505 | $28.16
~BUM BUM CHA~
Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring.
Juicy juicy juicy lemonade from Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, with bright acidity that wakes up all the senses. Spontaneous fermentation finished under crown cap over the winter. Expect a wild nose, light sparkle and a lot of aromas. Raspberry, pomegranate and red currant plus a stony finish.
BUM BUM CHA 6 x 750ml | SKU #485964 | $34.75
Czech Lambrusco with party vibes. Carbonic macerated Cab Sauv & Franc were pressed, then blended with local Moravian Muscat and Pálava must, and bottled under crown cap.
Senza 6 x 750ml | SKU #485973 | $35.93
~IF GOD EXISTS, I HOPE HE HAS A GOOD EXCUSE 2017+18+19~
Riesling sourced from their Babusak plot, a blend of multiple vintages, and multiple barrels. Milan has bottled this under cork for the first time becuase he thinks it’s showing great ageing potential.
If god exists, i hope he has a good excuse 6 x 750ml | SKU #154438 | $32.32
~BEL & NACH 1 LITRE 2020~
For that moment when magnum feels a tad too decadent but a regular 750 just won’t do. The idea here is to have wine that you can drink with literally everyone, be they natural wine fans or haters.
BEL – It’s a wine made in a very classical way, no maceration, just gentle press and then aging in stainless steel and neutral oak. To keep it this approachable, Běl is their only wine with added sulfur (about 30 ppm total SO2). Gruner Veltliner, Welschriesling, and a lot of Muller, because Muller from old vines is just dope, says Milan. He doesn’t use sulfur when he doesn’t have to, but isn’t dogmatic about it– it goes well with Běl, and especially this easy character.
NACH – The 2020 vintage is a blend of Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch, and newly also St.Laurent. Aged in big (3000l) neutral oak barrels, bottled in a healthy measure of one liter. This is the Moravia Milan remembers, with great acidity, low ABV, elegant aromatics.
NACH RED 6 x 1L | SKU #190072 | $28.92
BEL WHITE 6 x 1L | SKU #190085 | $28.92
For this wine, Milan trades some of his red grapes for Muller Thurgau, Gruner and Welschrielsing grown by his friends at Dobrá Vinice. He turns these unfamilair, stranger, grapes in a macerated white. 3-4 days on the skins until fermentation starts, then pressed off to big neutral barrels. Quite rich adn herbal, with heaps of acidity to make you pour another glass. And another.
MIKY-MAUZ 6 x 750ml | SKU #45322 | $40.72
“The English translation of Neuberger is Troublemaker”
Neuberger forms the backbone here, supported by Malvasia, Chasselas, and other unlikely grapes. This is a wine that encourages some exploration and reflection, and with a bit of resting in bottle, these otherwise neutral-leaning grapes are starting to show some mind-blowing tertiary aromatics.
TRBLMKR 6 x 750ml | SKU #166697 | $37.20
Roughly 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Blaufränkisch, with just 20% Pinot Gris working as a diplomatic bridge between the PN and BF (aka the PN of the East, they say)! All sourced from their nearly-neighboring plots Zadní and Otáhal. The fruit was picked and fermented together, resulting in a unique red-white blend that wonderfully mirrors the Bílovice loess soils.
Miky Maus 6 x 750ml | SKU #166713 | $46.23
~2018 JUICY FRUIT~
“Tastes amazing for about a million seconds”
Mostly Pinots, with other local grapes that historically were co-planted alongside. For this blend it’s Pinot Gris, Blanc, and Noir, plus Veltliner and Welschriesling, all from the Oplocenka and Achtele vineyard sites. Fermented and aged in large neutral barrels, with 2 years elevage on the fine lees.
Juicy Fruit 6 x 750ml | SKU #228426 | $43.79
“My essay on energy in the bottle, written in 750 liquid words.”
Originally made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc, now its sourced from two old plots from their Stara Hora vineyard. One planting dates to the 80’s, with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, the other is a 45-year old block of Pinot Blanc. Minimal skin contact (<10%), spontaneous fermented and aged in barrel, 2 years time undisturbed on fine lees.
GINTONIC 6 x 750ml | SKU #228432 | $51.31
Uber Mega Aromatic Master of Indulgence.
This is an intensely aromatic wine, made for pairing with food so that sometimes 1+1 equals 3 and that wine and food go together like love and marriage (or something like that!). From the Slovenské vineyard, this. is made from co-planted Riesling and Traminer, as with all the other white-label wines, this is made for longevity and selected from the top vineyard sites. Fermented and aged in barrel for up to 2 years on the fine lees.
UMAMI 6 x 750ml | SKU #485502 | $42.17