Vesely Orange 2019 is a natural wine crafted by Richard Stavek, in the Moravia region in Czech Republic. Vines here are 50 years old. This wine has no added sulphur.
The importer tells us that Veselý is perhaps the most typical wine for Richard Stávek. It has a magnificent intense orange colour. In the glass it smells of lots of herbs, preserved apricots and freshly grated lemon peel. In the mouth, thanks to the skin contact, there's a great, fine friction and more pull than you might expect given the color.
The wine has an impressive length and depth - a miles away from the generic glouglou orange wines that are happily pounded through bars these days.
This orange wine is made with Grüner Veltliner, Malvasia, Müller-Thurgau, Neuburger, Pinot Blanc, Traminer and Welschriesling grapes.
Richard Stávek is one of the early pioneers of making natural wine in the Czech Republic, and started in the early 90's in the most common region for making wine, Moravia.
He is not just a winemaker, but runs a farm with sheep of which he also makes cheese from amongst other things. He farms 4.5 Hectares of wines with vines on average around 50 years old, on sandy soils.
His wines can be experimentals, and usually featuring little known Czech Varietals too…