Hárslevelű Dereszla

Bodrog Borműhely Hárslevelű Dereszla 2012

Bodrog Borműhely, Tokaj (Hungary)
White (13%)
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Our Notes: The Dereszla vineyard has a Southwest exposure about 120-150 meters above the village of Bodrogkeresztúr and the Bodrog River. Its climate is temperate and very breezy. The soil is loess (3-5 meters) that the rhyolitic volcanic debris and richly grained perlite. The base rock is andesite. János and Krisztián work a small 0.65 hectare area planted in the early 1980’s with about 70% planted to Hárslevelű and the rest Furmint.

It’s hard to believe that after fermentation and 9 months of aging in new oak barrels, that the oak is merely a subtle seasoning. The 2011 is dominated by high-toned citrus flavors and a backbone of salinity. And although many consider Furmint to be the masculine side of Tokaji, this Hárslevelű is full of energy and punch. It’s a great representative of the paradoxical nature of many wines from Tokaji, seemingly sweet but dry, floral and yet spicy. A great traditional pairing is with the famous paprika spiced Halászlé (Fisherman’s Stew) wherein the saline and citrus highlight the whole dish.

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