Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon and some Tramin, which come from various vineyards in Moravské Žižkov and Velké Bílovice. Fermented mostly in whole berries, without treading and with only gentle punch-down, 5 - 7 days depending on the variety. All this to achieve only fine extraction, to make this wine as tasty and drinkable as possible (we are talking about big sips here). The wine was aged for about 11 months half in old oak, half in stainless steel tank, then bottled. Each varietal gave the best of its skins and the resulting wine is lively, fun and chatty enough to be the best companion.
And what does Milan Nestarec himself say about the wine?
We chose the name Okr not only because it ties in with the concise colour concept of siblings Bel and Nach, but also because Okr is a natural pigment with a long history of use by man - pieces of this material with engraved abstract patterns have been found in South Africa and dated to 75,000 years ago. And ochre is literally clay, more specifically a mixture of iron oxide and varying amounts of clay and sand, with colours ranging from yellow to orange or amber. Voilà the perfect symbol of where the wine comes from and what shades and reflections you can expect in your glass...
I remember from my childhood that we used to have the word "másnica" to refer to a wine bottle. It wasn't until I was a big boy that I discovered it was a derivative of the word Máz (and the German Mass), which is a unit of volume roughly 1 litre in size. Which was the daily allowance of wine for a man working in the fields (and setting up his wine with water). That's why we bottle in butter churns. But the term "minimagnum" isn't a throwaway either - thanks, my motreal friends.
Confession of Milan Nestarc: I like the screw cap, it's user-friendly. Just like this wine. Friendship, real, not pandering and with a calculus. "Wine is meant to be drunk." This phrase has been with me all my life - super simple, super true.