Hárslevelű

Apátsági Hárslevelű 2015

Apátsági, Somló (Hungary)
White (13.5%)
Hárslevelű
$26.95
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Our Notes: The Apátsági Hárslevelű exemplifies what Zoltán admires about the appellation as a whole, “When you have Somló acid, why not find balance with sugar?” In fact, Somló wines were historically suited for export due to this high acidity. Prior to WWII, there were laws stating that the wines also had to be in barrel for 5 years before sale making them even more stable (and softening said acids). The winter of 2014/2015 was mild and so the vines woke up few weeks earlier than after colder winters. July was extremely hot and dry, which set back the fruit development and sugar creation process. But luckily and due to Zoltan's organic methods, there wast just enough green vegetation covering the ground. August came with some refreshing rain and that put back the vegetation to the normal track. The 2015 wines reflect the vintage perfectly: moderate, civilized and free from extremities. The Hárslevelű is oily, concentrated, bright, and powerful without losing fruitiness. A very alive wine that can only come from Somló.

93 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine for the 2013: Zoltan Balogh has developed a style for ripe , full-bodied wines at Apatsagi. It works well in this hárslevelu, a wine that reminded some panelists of chenin blanc in its rich, broad texture and multifaceted flavor. Grown on basalt and vinified with ambient yeasts in 600-to-2,000-liter barrels, the wine feels like a late-harvest cuvée, rich and sweet in its notes of pineapple, pear and strawberry, but a brothy umami note holds it firm and savory. pour it with something rich but understated, like chicken in a cream sauce.

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