Szerelmi Hárslevelű

Demeter Zoltán Szerelmi Hárslevelű 2016

Demeter Zoltán, Tokaj (Hungary)
White (13%)
Hárslevelű
$52.95
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Our Notes: Szerelmi is predominately loess soil with 65 year old vines on the southern side of Tokaj Hill. It was first mentioned in 1798 as a 1st Class Vineyard and roughly translates to “lovely.” Although Hárslevelű is often used as a blending agent or a fresh base wine for Tokaj Aszú, when it is planted in the right place and cropped back (Demeter makes a remarkable Verjus), it is every bit as powerful and reflective of site as Furmint. Aromatic, stony, and showing all of the structure you’d expect from 15% alcohol with absolutely none of the heat.

If a Grosse Gewächs and a Chenin Blanc had a baby, it might grow up to be this kind of wine. And like much of Tokaj, there is saline touch that lingers in the finish. Big enough to pair with root vegetables and a roast chicken, but would also highlight fatty seafood and pork belly. In Tokaj, a roast goat would be ideal.

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