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.

90 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine: Demeter Zoltán worked for Kirâlyudvar before striking out on his own in 2008, farming 17 acres among nine vineyards across Tokaj. This come from Szerelmi, where his 65-year-old vines grow on the southern side of the Tokaj hill. It's deep in loess, the soil in which hárslevelű tends to flourish. This 2016 is gentle and mouthfilling, with honeyed white-peach notes underlined by a tea-like savor and saline minerality. The acidity keeps it fresh, ready to pair with arctic char or other rich fish.

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