Milan Nestarec - Forks & Knives White - 2020 - 12,5% - regio Moravia

Dance me to the end of wine

Gruner Veltliner, Welschriesling and Neuburger. Bílovice, loess.

Forks 4.0! After all the stylistic and methodical experiments, I decided to focus on the essentials while dotting my F & K with a bigger mission than before: since 2020, they embody my vision of traditional, balanced and layered wine from my village. Don’t get me wrong, I still love all the past vintages of Forks, they all hold an important place in the evolution of this wine. But the Forks I want to make now should be more of a “village” wine in the best sense of the word, reflecting our precious Bilovice loess in the case of this white. (The red one showcases the richer clay soils of Moravský Žižkov.)

These wines are a great introduction to our area and great value for money, given the vineyards we use here – all are at least 25 years old and include some of our top-notch sites otherwise used for our top-shelf White Labels.

The story behind the F&K line The role that wine used to play in my country always pissed me off: not an essential part of almost any meal like elsewhere, but rather a binge drink afterwards / a treat for special occasions. 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. Wine for drinking, not for flashing posh terms. And the Forks & Knives range is a perfect embodiment of this.

It all fell into pace with the 2014 vintage, when I met Fleur Godard, my French importer, in Cologne, along with her friend Justine Saint Lo, a wonderful illustrator who also happens to be the sister of the great Loire Valley winemaker Francois Saint Lo. Back in my cellar, when tasting the then nearly-born wine together, 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 “everyday wine for any meal & table” vibe that this wine is all about.

The 2020 vintage was in many ways different from the previous ones – it was more like going back to the years before 2015, without strong temperature variations.
Lot of sunny days and above-average rainfall made the grapes more susceptible to fungal diseases, so we had to protect the vines more, both directly and indirectly.
The vintage highlighted the advantages of quality sites, as the harmony and structure of the musts coming from there were far superior to the lower sites. But overall, 2020 offered a good balance – the whites have good structure without being too ‘warm’, the reds boast superb tannins and good ageing potential.

Grape varieties Gruner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Neuburger
Region Moravia
Subregion Velkopavlovická
Village Velké Bílovice
Vineyard Zadní Hora, Přední Hora, Úlehle
Aspect South + south west
Average altitude 210–225 m ASL
Slope 4–12 %
Soil Loess
Farming Organic (certified by ABCERT)
Age of vines 25 years and older
Vineyard size 3.1 ha
Training system Guyot
Density of plantation 2.20 x 1.00 m and 3.00 x 1.00 m
Yield 55 hl/ha
Harvest By hand, each variety separately.
September 27–29, 2020
Vinification Sorted by hand. Gently destemmed
and macerated on skins overnight
Pressing Each variety was pressed separately in
pneumatic press, ~20 hours. No pumping,
juice only moved by gravity
Fermentation Spontaneous, ~40 days. Cofermentation
of all varieties together in oak vats.
Gamba + Stockinger, 3000 liters.
Ageing Gamba and Stockinger oak barrels,
3000 litres, 2–12 years old
Fining No
Filtration No
Sulfur addition No
Bottling August 2022
Lot number FaKw20
Alcohol by volume 12.5 %
Acids 6.8 g/l
Residual sugar 1.4 g/l
Bottle 0.75 l Burgunder Tradition. Vetropack
Closure Ardeaseal Organic
Serving temperature 11–13 °C

24,90 € 24.900000000000002 EUR 24,90 €

20,58 €

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