Forks & Knives White
Dance me to the end of wine
The current 2020 vintage brings an important shift to these wines. Personally, I call it Forks 4.0 and I'm glad I decided to focus on the essential all while dotting them with a bigger mission than before. Gone are all the aromatic varietals, carbonics, macerations, searched-for expression. Don't get me wrong, I still love all the past vintages of Forks, they all hold an important place in the evolution of this wine. But the Forks I want to make now should be more of a "village wine" in the best sense of the word.
In a way, these wines are more important than the White Labels: it's my vision of a traditional, balanced and rich wine from my village. Or rather villageS, as the red comes from Moravský Žižkov and its richer clay soils, while the white reflects the more ethereal Bílovice loess. A great introduction to our area and great value for money, given the vineyards we use here – all at least 25 years old and even some of our top-notch sites.
Grape-wise, we're talking Gruner Veltliner, Welschriesling and Neuburger. Each variety processed separately, a bit of skin-contact overnight (just to make the enzymes soften up the skins) and very gentle pressing the day after. Fermentation in Gamba + Stockinger 3000L barrels. No noise, no unnecessary bells and whistles, just purity and a lot of patience, until bottling in late summer 2022. No sulfur added, no fining, no filtration. The normal way.
The 2019 vintage includes some grapes normally used for WTF and TRBLMKR. Gruner Veltliner, Neuburger, Sauvignon, Pálava and Riesling, with just a tiny bit of skin contact. It's just as fun as always, but with extra energy and depth. Also available as mags, in limited quantity.
The 2018 F&K White was a blend of my beloved Neuburg + Sauvignon, Tramin, Pálava and Riesling from our Slovenské and Babušák vineyards. Some of it on skins, some of it direct press. What's important is that each grape gives it its best and it captures you right away, with the very first sip, and keeps you coming back for more of that citrus hard-candy vibe, like being lured in by a bright halogen light.
The story behind the F&K line The role that wine used to play in my country always pissed me off: not an essential part of almost any meal like elsewhere, but rather a binge drink afterwards / a treat for special occasions. For me & my family, wine is like food, something that should be on your table every day. Our bread and butter (literally).
This is the kind of wine I wanna make: affordable, everyday, friendly stuff. Not something for the upper class, not something you need to swirl your glass and head around, talking about viscosity or minerality for ages (no offense, but jeez do I hate this word). My wine is for drinking, not for flashing posh terms. And the Forks & Knives range is a perfect embodiment of this.
The F&K range started with the 2014 vintage. I met Fleur Godard, my French importer, in Cologne, along with Justine Saint Lo, a wonderful illustrator who also happens to be the sister of Francois Saint Lo, a great Loire Valley winemaker. Back in my cellar, when tasting the then nearly-born wine, we had a revelation: it was fate that decided Justine should make the labels, which I’ve kept ever since – I love their power to communicate the easy “everyday wine for any meal & table” vibe that this wine is all about.
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