Milan Nestarec - WTB - 2019 - Ulehle Field Blend
Loess is more
This wine reflects our precious loess soil better than any other. Úlehle is a vineyard that's new to us, and one of the oldest we have – it is a highly prized and time-tested site planted in the 1970s. I feel proud that we can farm here too, since 2019, albeit on less than a hectare. The loess gets mixed with a small amount of limestone there, which adds to the wine's wit and typicity. Exactly what I'm looking for, especially in our "top-shelf" White Label range.
This wine captures the authentic soul of Gruner Veltliner from Bilovice loess marvelously. It's a thank you to the land and the place. Integrity and roots. Humility.
The name is a nod to its older Gruner sibling WTF, giving away that the key to this wine's personality is not what happens in the cellar (flor), but in the vineyard (Bilovice).
The story behind the White Labels
I'm 200% positive that the most important thing is the person who makes the wine. It’s not about a varietal, or a famous village in a famous region - because even those wines can get the bad karma of being massacred in the cellar. It's all about the name on the bottle. A name you can trust, because you know how the winemaker works and that it's a style you enjoy. Hence the Nestarec white label, with my signature on it. (A tad prettier than IRL because my usual scribble is unreadable.) Together with Tereza, my graphic designer, we started taking out elements that weren’t essential - until only “Nestarec” and the name of the wine remained. A purist approach to both what's in the bottle and on it. Because, as they say, perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
I don't wanna look like a natural born sage - it took me some time to get there. My journey, like many others, has been paved with gold engravings and curlicues, like on a fancy tombstone. “Nestarec, a wine for funerals”, as a friend of mine dubbed it back then. Oops. But I remember that period fondly - it's a part of my evolution. No regrets, like in that famous Edith Piaf song.