Juhfark Szent Ilona

Spiegelberg Juhfark Szent Ilona 2010 (500ml)

Spiegelberg, Somló (Hungary)
Dessert (16.9%)
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This kind of wine happens only a few times during a vigneron’s life in Somló. István pushed harvest to the last possible moment given an already difficult vintage until the grapes were nearly raisins but still intact. Remarkably, he was able to harvest about 70% with healthy botrytis, meaning the grapes had achieved ripeness before the noble rot set in. As with all of this his wines, the fermentation was spontaneous and given the high amount of sugar and botrytis took over a year to ferment to 16.9% alcohol without fortification or any additions. This wine is full of paradoxes. Honeyed, but finishes dry, high in alcohol, but not hot, and acidity that makes Riesling seem tame, but does not overpower. Pair with pungent fatty foods or dried fruits and nuts. 336 bottles produced.

95 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine On a high volcanic hill in northwestern Hungary, István Stephan Spiegelberg farms just under five acres of vines. he has been making wine in Somló only since 2007, yet his latest releases, particularly this late-harvest juhfark, are catapulting him into the realm of Hungary's greatest vintners. Here he's taken advantage of juhfark's searing acidity and volcanic soil stamp, leaving the fruit on the vines until it's prodigiously ripe and raisined—an entirely unconventional approach in this area. The resulting honey-sweet fruit, all soft golden apple and roasted orange peel, gilds a center as firm and upright as an obelisk, the minerality and fruit knit together by a tight, sharp acidity. The flavors last long, exhilarating in their travel from sweet to bone dry, and the wine leaves the palate clean, search for some duck liver paté. (only 396 bottles were made).

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