Estate: Located in northern Bohemia, close to the German border, Porta Bohemica was founded in 2010 by Aleš Svatoš. A scientist and chemist by trade, Aleš spent years learning and planning in order to farm his estate using organic and low intervention methods.
Winemaking: Hand harvested grapes from vines 15 years old, in calciferous alluvial sediment soils. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, 4 months of skin maceration in 600 liter open topped barrels, 11 month ageing on the fine lees in 225 liter barrels, no filtering or fining, only a tiny sulfur addition.
Tasting Notes: Deep orange-gold in colour, very aromatic; with orange, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit, nutmeg, white flowers and saline minerality. Apricot, pineapple, grapefruit, rose petal, nutmeg and a trace of clove are glossed by fresh acidity. Candied orange, ginger, lemon, apricot, and a wisp of cedar shimmer on the sleek finish.
$32 [average price]