Maurer – Bakator 1909 is a stunning example of natural orange wine from Serbia, made from the rare and ancient grape variety Bakator. This wine showcases the remarkable potential of this grape, which has been cultivated in the Carpathian Basin since the 16th century. The grapes come from ungrafted vines planted in 1909, which survived phylloxera and two world wars. The wine is made with minimal intervention, using only native yeasts and no filtration or fining.
Bakator 1909 has short maceration, but it achieves an impressive extraction of color, resulting in a golden-brown hue that is slightly hazy. The nose is complex and enticing, with aromas of lemon zest, apple, grapefruit, passion fruit, blackcurrant leaf and thyme. The wine also reveals some spicy notes of cinnamon, licorice and pepper, adding depth and intrigue.
A remarkable feature of this wine is that 15% of the harvest was affected by noble rot, a beneficial fungus that enhances the aromas and flavors of the grapes. This gives the wine a distinctive honey and herbal character that complements the acidity and tannins.
The palate is dry and refreshing, with medium acidity and low tannins. The wine has a high balance and a long finish, leaving a lasting impression of freshness and complexity. The flavors are consistent with the aromas, with a dominant citrus character and some tropical and herbal nuances. The wine also has a mineral streak that reflects its terroir and its natural winemaking.
Maurer – Bakator 1909 vintage 2022 is a unique and delicious orange wine that deserves to be discovered and appreciated by wine lovers. It is a testament to the dedication and skill of Oszkár Maurer, one of the leading winemakers in Serbia and a member of the Bakator Association, a group that aims to revive Bakator and other ancient native varieties. This wine is best enjoyed slightly chilled, with cheese, charcuterie or spicy dishes.