Pinot Noir, Bikicki Sfera Noir
Sfera (aka Sphere) is named after the aerobic concrete vessel that is used to make this wine and deliver its lively and elegant character. This is a deceptively light and laid back playful and fruity red, rolling out intense notes of dark cherry, plum and cranberry compote. On the palate, it is versatile and fresh, but juicy and meaty with fine tannins. Packed with red and black fruit: crushed black sour cherries, dark raspberry and Serbian spices. This wine in the freshest expression highlights an entry-level expression of some of the extreme terroirs of the vineyards on Mt. Fruška Gora.
Hand harvested in late August, the grapes see 5 days of skin maceration directly undergoes spontaneous fermentation on wild yeasts in concrete spherical tank; aged for 1 year in old French barrique. Bottled with no fining or filtration, and minimal sulfur addition used at bottling. Organically farmed, certified organic starting in 2020.
Southwest facing and 2km from the Danube River; Mt. Fruška Gora, located at the north-west part of Serbia, is a natural geological phenomenon (Fruška Gora is also called the "Mirror of the geological past"), as it is built from the rocks from almost all geological periods. This area used to be an island during the existence of the Pannonian Sea, so is rich with minerals. Much of Fruška Gora is a protected National Park, an area that directly borders the Bikicki vineyards.
The soil in these vineyards is very diverse, mostly made from cambisol and vertisol (types of clay) with a presence of volcanic rocks, limestone and marl. The soil is very rich in nutrients making it and very easy to cultivate naturally. The vineyards are positioned on 150-250 meters in elevation, with more than 3,500 hours of sunlight annually and enough rain to fill the grapes with all the necessary ingredients for good wine.