That our Merlot 2015 would be very good, our winemaker Oldřich Drápal Jr, knew. But that it would be so good to win it‘s category at an important international conference Oenoforum 2018 he did not know. The only red wine we've been making has succeded so much so, that the international jury gave it 91 points last week and a gold medal in the B2 category, which are dry red wines from 2016 and older, with residual sugar up to four grams per liter.
Oenoforum is one of the few Czech conferences and competitions held under the patronage of the International Organization of Wine and Viticulture (OIV). This means that the wines in each category are also judged by foreign experts, and the chairman of the tasting committee in each category is always a foreigner. "I myself evaluated this year in one category, where there were two Italians and one Portuguese. The composition of the committee is important to know, in each state we have different preferences for red wines, "he said.
Sonberk‘s Merlot 2015, however, is liked by both - domestic and foreign tasters. We have been succeding in competitions lately, but this news is special. We don’t make red wines that much, just about four thousand bottles out of a total of 150 thousand, and only in really good years. "For example, in the years 2013 and 2014, which were cooler, we produced "only" rosé. But in 2015 we knew that we could make red and it would turn out to be great, "said Olda, who also said that red wine production is easier for winemakers "In a nutshell, you just let it ferment then it goes to the barrels, in our case barrique barrels, from the Burgundy coopers Francois Fréres, for 12 months," said Olda.
Sonberks success at this year's Oenoforum, which took place last week in Brno, means more when Czech wines didn’t have that much success. Of the total of twenty categories evaluated, domestic producers won only seven of them.
We currently have about 1000 bottles of Merlot vintage 2015 and we are pretty sure that it will not last till Christmas ... But you can still find it on our eshop.
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