COUNTRY: CZECH REPUBLIC REGION: MORAVIA
Milan Nestarec has quickly become the star winemaker of the Czech Republic at a young age. Winemaker born and raised, Milan Nestarec’s father began commercial winemaking after Milan was born and the Velvet Revolution in 1989 when the land was again privatized. The family site started with Blaufrankisch but was destroyed by the frost. The next year, the coop replanted the site with Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, and some table varieties. It is ironic that the unfortunate communist-era shortage gave birth to a field blend that all winemakers are after at the moment.
Milan Nestarec is not a winery. They are ideas that just happened to be represented through wine. Milan is not just selling wine but serving a world view, using wine as a medium.
TRUMBKER (White) HK$300
Always be yourself, unless you can be a troublemaker. Then always be a troublemaker.
This is the legendary skin contact Neuburger, one of the best grapes of the terroir, aged 30 months in rare acacia and oak barrels
Forks and Knives (White) 2017 HK$230
The colorful labels, drawn by Justine Saint-Lo, conveys that quality wine should be on the table at all times. A Neuburger variety, Milan’s favorite, skin contact wine with Sauvignon Blanc and Palava makes the peachy-citrusy notes.
GinTonic 2018 (White) HK$450
Milan’s iconic wine, the full round macerated Sauvignon Blanc with some Gruner Veltliner, which mirrors the said cocktail.
Podfuck 2017 (Red) HK$400
It is on the socialist cooperative site that cradled, one of Milan’s iconic wines, Podfuck, a skin-contact Pinot Gris with a deep amber hue with tannins and spicy flavor that seems like red wine (In Czech, Podfuk means cheating). The wine is bottled unfiltered, unfined, and with zero sulfur added.