2017 Peter Wetzer Furmint Somlo,750ml

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A white from the native Hungarian variety called Furmint, the same grape used to make the famed wines of Tokaj, but here it is fully dry. From the western Hungarian region of Solmo, near the Austrian border. Solmo is on top of an ancient, extinct volcano which lends the grapes a minerality from the igneous rock content of the soils. No sulfur is added save a small addition at the time of bottling.

 

From the mouth of the importer (Jenny & Francois):

"Peter Wetzer grew up in a winemaking family, and while he studied the world of wine he came to realize he vastly preferred the wines that were made more naturally. In 2007 he purchased five different vineyards around the town of Sopron, in the northwest part of Hungary. Sopron was formerly the capital of Burgenland, so it is not surprising that the Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch) variety is so commonly found here. Peter works Kékfrankos on five different vineyard sites comprising 2.5 hectares and additionally has 1 hectare of furmint vines he planted himself near the Ság volcano, and another hectare of vines from a few different varieties like Pinot Noir. He works to have very healthy soil, with natural biodiversity, and minimum spraying with copper sulfate and a nettle tincture he makes. He believes in minimal intervention in the vines, never tilling the soil or trimming the leaves. All grapes are hand harvested, and the vineyards are all fermented separately."

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