Riesling 2018

Riesling 2018

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COUNTRY
Hungary
GRAPE
Riesling
IMPORTER
Jenny & François
REGION
Veszprém
SIZE
750ml
WINE TYPE
White
WINEMAKER
István Bencze

Age of Vines:  a blend of two vineyards, one planted in 2015, one planted in 1976 both demeter certified biodynamic. 

Yields: 1kg/vine

Soil: Dense basalt with some clay and limestone, also sandstone and brown forest soil.

Vinification Method: Hand-harvested whole clusters are pressed and the juice spends one day clearing sediment. The wine then ferments in amphora and ages for 10 month in the amphora on the lees. The wine is bottled without fining or filtration and zero sulfur is added.

István Bencze originally worked as a software developer and started his own IT company. Around the time he turned 30 however, he started to remember times he spent picking his grandparents’ grapes and helping them tend the vegetable garden and make small amounts of wine. He moved to Florence, Italy with his then girlfriend where he discovered a vast array of food and wines he had not been exposed to in Hungary. He began to acquire parcels of vines in 2011, and to cultivate the vines biodynamically. He visited many natural winemakers to understand their work, and in particular recieved a sort of mentorship from nearby Zsolt Sütó, the winemaker behind Strekov 1075 in Slovakia.