Magula – Baccara 2016
Producer: Magula Winery
Grapes: Rosa, Dunaj and Hron
Certified organic. Natural wine with minimal intervention and low sulphur.
Magula – Baccara is a naturally produced red wine from Moravia and is a new addition to our list for 2019.
Magula – Baccara 2016 is a really delicious natural wine. Rich and fruity, clean, honest and immensely rewarding.
A blend based on local red grapes Rosa, Dunaj and Hron. Rosa variety is the majority of the blend. It’s colour, aroma and taste is reminiscent of a rose. That’s why it was named after the Black Baccara which is one of the most precious varieties of roses.
This wine was spontaneously fermented, spent 18 months in oak barrels, and it’s unfined and unfiltered, SO2 added only before bottling.
Pairs well with meat casseroles, meat pasta and spicy meat pizza.
Magula – Baccara is suitable for vegetarians and vegans
Magula – Baccara contains minimal added sulphites. Read more.
More from the producer:
Our vine-growing and wine-making story is intertwined with the locality and its history. Our forefather Joseph Husar, a native of the cold mountainous Liptov in the north of Slovakia, acquired property in the Rose Valley of Sucha nad Parnou, a traditional wine-making village in the famous Small Carpathian wine region. The history of viticulture on the gentle Carpathian slopes dates all the way back to ancient Romans and Celts, however, our highlander forefather had a clue neither about viticulture, nor about wine-making. He studied the most recent available information and established a modern vineyard, supported by a two-wire trellis, keeping the rows at a distance matching the width of a horse back. That allowed him to work the vineyards with the help of a horse, replacing thereby the hard physical work. In a village, where everybody still utilized the traditional way of head training and working the vineyards manually, he was considered a crazy man for dragging iron into the vineyards and for keeping such a large distance between the vines …
Since 2001, further generations picked up the family tradition right where it has been interrupted by the communist era. At that time we were active at a lovely estate located on the hilltop, between the Rose and Wolf walleyes, where one of the many monasteries, that were once in this area, stood. Today only a small chapel consecrated to Our Lady of Lourdes recalls the monastery, and here is where our wine cellar is located. Back in 2001, however, we focused on planting of a chestnut orchard, supplementing the ancient chestnut trees which were already growing on the property. We were not entirely clear what to do after the restitution. Grandfather’s vineyard has been grubbed up by the communists long time ago, and we had only very modest knowledge about viticulture and wine making. Overall, the vineyards in Slovakia were in decay, people were talking about extremely low prices paid for the grapes, and that viti-viniculture in general required hard work all the year round, with an uncertain outcome. Despite of that we took the decision to step out on this demanding route, guessing only partially what an advantage are we up to.
In 2007 we planted on grandfather’s plot Blaufränkisch vines which gave us first regular harvest in 2011. The grapes of exceptional quality were turned into a deep and complex wine, encouraging us to continue discovering the unique potential of the terroir in which our forefather founded the vineyards, as well as the mystery of transforming extraordinary grapes into wine of exceptional quality.
A link that spanned the 70 years between the onset and continuation of our story is one of the three daughters of Joseph Husar, who lived to restitution. Magdalena Magulová, née Husárová, experienced the winemaking achievements of her father, as well as the decline and ultimate destruction of the paternal vineyards. She passed away satisfied that at the very site where her father founded the original vineyard, neat rows of vines are growing again, and that her son and grandson with their families continue in the family tradition...
Our goal is to produce healthy grapes with skins populated by living micro-flora of bacteria and yeast and with rich and balanced content of substances in the berries; free of any chemical residues. Therefore we switched to organic viticulture since 2012 and have certified organic production since 2015.
The major difference is that organic viticulture does not make use of the modern pesticides. Hence, excluded is the application of systemic pesticides, which penetrate into the plants’ tissues from the roots to the fruits, but alternative eco – preparations are used that strengthen the immune system and natural defenses of the plants. To the limited extent also contact sprays based on copper and sulfur compounds are used. To fight of the pests bio – agents are used such as settlement of predatory mites in the vineyards. The use of herbicides is also excluded, even if it puts increased demands on the mechanical working of soil in the strips under the vines, which however, thanks to that grow in “living soil” rich in diverse soil organisms.
We are focusing on varieties yielding expressive varietal vines while reflecting also the terroir and vintage specifics, suitable for longer maturing and archiving. We cultivate varieties typical for Sucha (BlauerPortugieser, Frankovka (Blaufränkisch), Green Veltliner and Welschriesling) complemented with those specifically bred for the Slovak conditions (Dunaj, Devin, Hron and Rosa). Still planned is planting of Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer.