OKR - 1L
Ochre Ochre, Burning Bright / In the Forests of the Night
We use Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon and a little bit of Traminer, coming from our various vineyards in both Moravský Žižkov and Velké Bílovice. Fermented mostly as whole berries, without stomping and with only gentle punch-downs, 5 – 7 days depending on the variety. All this in order to get only a gentle extraction, to make this wine as palatable and drinkable as possible (talking big gulps here). Aged for cca 11 months (2020 was half in old oak, half in stainless steel tank, since 2021 we go for 100% stainless steel due to its freshness), then bottled unfined, unfiltered, unsulfured. Each variety gave the best of their skins, and the resulting wine is vivid, fun, and just enough talkative for it to be the best of companions.
We chose to name it Okr (ochre in Czech) not only bcs it follows the concise, colour-themed concept of its siblings Běl and Nach, but also because ochre is a natural pigment with a long history of use by humans – pieces of the material engraved with abstract designs have been found in South Africa and dated to around 75,000 years ago. And ochre literally is earth, precisely a mixture of ferric oxide and varying amounts of clay and sand, with colours ranging from yellow to orange or amber. Voilá the perfect symbol for where the wine comes from, and which hues & glints you can expect in your glass...