Richard Stávek is one of the pioneers of natural wine in Moravia, starting to produce in the mid 1990’s. Richard is a constant tinkerer and farmer of all sorts. He has begun drying wood staves that were used to make barrels for the world-renowned Austrian barrel-maker, Stockinger. He also makes honey and goat cheese, and farms all sorts of crops, not just grapes. He farms 15-hectares of land, with 4.5-hectares of grape vines featuring some little known indigenous grape varieties, where most of his wines are field blended.
Mladý means young, and Boček is the name for this plot. Richard planted these vines in 2012 as an experiment to see how the local grape varieties performed. He has been very pleased with the result from these extremely young vines!
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented in 400 and 800-liter wood tanks for about 10 days with only indigenous yeast. The grapes are foot stomped after fermentation completes, where it then spend 10 months in elevage in 600-liter barrels, with battonage performed during the first 5 months about 1-2 times per month. The wine has zero sulfur added and is unfiltered and unfined.
-Jenny & Francois