Milan Nestarec - ATYP - regio Moravia
Boys And Girls And Heroes
Sometimes I wonder if our range of wine isn't a bit too extensive. (I hear you!) But, you know... thing is, I still, after all these years, can't say no to a beautiful old vineyard. And then we end up with some new material in the cellar, usually asking for a different kind of attention than our established wines. And then I also have these impromptu tasting moments in the cellar, when I randomly taste a nascent wine and its singularity literally obliges me to release it on its own, right now, because, fuck the system.
Atyp, a red-white field blend from our new plot, was born exactly during one of those moments. I had zero plans to make such wine, but the Michalica vineyard simply shone through. It is located at the upper part of a loess-chernozem slope in Moravský Žižkov, planted in the early 1990s. Btw, I thought my ampelographic skills were top-notch but this one got me: there's a fair bit of Blaufrankisch, Portugieser, St. Laurent, then some red PiWis I can't name, also a lot of Moravian Muscat and Gruner Veltliner. Not even the owner's daughter was able to tell us what's supposed to grow there. But that's not that important, in the end. What matters is that it gives a pretty awesome wine! Red, young, bright, feisty, ready to be drunk now. Aromatic and quite atypic, if you ask me...
Harvested together, gently stomped and co-fermented in open-top vats, on skins until the end of primary fermentation. About 8 months on lees in plastic vats – these vessels were with us at the very beginning, and I now experiment with them again since they allow the wine to breathe. Not as much as wood, of course, but wines from these is always more "developed" compared to stainless steel, and I like that for this kind of wine.
The name and label are a spontaneous affair, too – we were considering solutions both wild and tamed, but then everything fell into place as I like it. I had this Atyp sticker on my desk for a while, ever since it dropped from a typography book by Petra Dočekalová. One day, on a whim, I stuck it to a nearby unlabelled bottle, and then basically every visitor who came and saw it asked me whose wine it was. So I thought, ha, I'll make it mine! Luckily for me, the true Atyp typeface author & owner Tomáš Brousil of Suitcase Type Foundry agreed to let me have a bit of his AtypTM too. So there you go, the total package: spontaneous wine, spontaneous label. Ideal for all you atypical people out there, and guys like me who have a hard time containing their passion within ranges and limits .)