Serve hell-chilled, with an open mind
Barvířka: wine with an unpronounceable name, born because I changed my mind.
Back in the 90s, my dad used to work in a German vine nursery. One of the consequences of this experience was his decision to plant a whole lot of Dornfelder in 2001 - a bold red German-born hybrid, fashionable back then. Tbh, I don’t love it and it took me quite some time to come to terms with it. Influenced by great wines from areas like Jura, Mosel or Burgundy, I wanted to get rid of it and replant it with something else - something bigger, longer, better and more en vogue nowadays.
But – the vineyards (Slovenské, our "signature" plot with beautiful chernozem, loess and clay-limestone soil) are in great shape and it felt so wrong to just uproot them. And then, something happened in my head. I lost any ambition to mimic wines made elsewhere and realised that there are other grapes than Pinot Noir and Riesling in the world. And my life became soooo much easier.
Barvířka is not just Dornfelder though - I love to see diversity in my wines so it also sports some Zweigelt and a secret mix of white varieties (I can be Colonel Sanders too!). The 2020 and 2021 vintage are roughly half Dornfelder, third Zweigelt, and the rest are the whites. (I can be Fibonacci, too!) Classical maceration on skins, with gentle punch-downs in open-top vats, then rest on lees for a bit less than a year. No carbonic, no tinkering in the cellar, just time, old-school "normal" methods and simplicity. Feels incredibly peaceful and rewarding to my current "simple farmer self".
It has low tannins, high colour, low alcohol and high drinkability; I drank a bottle in an hour all by myself so you can take my word for it. Serve hell-chilled with an open mind.
The name means “colour-enhancer” in Czech (teinturier in French) and it comes from the people of Naše maso - a cool butcher shop in Prague that used it to call it Barvířka, my distributor Standa of Veltlin told me. I was a bit in pinch, the vintage 2019 needed to be shipped to clients and any name seemed better than “Dornfelder”, I thought, so there goes “Barvířka" on the label. (Cute lino-cut by my dear wife btw.)
I picked the name with only the domestic market in mind as the word is f* tongue twister unless you’re a Czech native. But, without even flashing it anywhere, my dear importers started to ask for it so there you go - hope you guys abroad are having fun while ordering it, haha.
PS. It's sth like [bar-veezh-kah], you're welcome.
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