Over the past decade, wines from Eastern Europe have come into their own, having previously been seen as the place for commercial and high volume "table wine". Over the past 4-5 years in particular, there has been an emergence of producers ripping up the rule book and creating some spellbinding Natural wines. In our first collection of the series focusing on the delights to come out of Eastern Europe, we focus on the Czech Republic and specifically two producers, Petr Korab and Krasna Hora, who are really making a name for themselves in the Natural Wine world.
First up we have an exceptional and super limited release of Petr Korabs ad-hoc wine, Orange Future Sekt (Petr only makes this wine when the harvest is truly perfect). Future Sekt is made from long skin macerated Riesling and Gruner Veltliner with the addition of gently pressed juice from Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc to make a very unique wine and a true expression of Korab's vineyards.
Second up is Ruby from Krasna Hora. A field blend where each variety is fermented separately in 1000L barrels for one month on skins in open vats. Sour cherry on the nose with big bright red fruits and a real richness on the palate. A genuine banger this, and one you definitely need to try!
Producer: Krasna Hora Region: Czech Republic Grapes: Zweigelt, St Laurent, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cab Sav Style:Red Size: 75cl bottle
Last up is another new one from Czech maverick Petr Korab. Milkmann is a funky little Pet-Nat made in the traditional method where the wine is left to finish fermenting after being bottled, resulting in CO2 dissolving in the bottle to give the fizz. A unique pinky-yellow colour which has a creamy mouthfeel and an abundance of red fruits with structure and complexity, courtesy of the Pinot Blanc. Has a slight bitterness in the after taste which we love, medium-high funk.