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Hungarian epiphany

discovery

#1

There have been a couple of recent threads highlighting Hungarian wines…

but I wanted to flag a wine I recently discovered that relates to the Kolonics Juhfark that has proved popular in this community. One of the merchants at the LWF was Witness Mountain wines, who seem to specialise in Hungarian wines…

After tasting through a few of their offerings I was about to walk away when they said this to me; before you go just try this…

http://feketepincesomlo.hu/pdf/fekete-winery-somlo-factsheet-juhfark-lh-2013-en.pdf

Holy moly!! This stopped me in my tracks - it’s a botrytised version of Juhfark, and it was lovely. More subtle than a Tokaji, delicate and very refined with acidity that perfectly balances the sweetness. Definitely a discovery I’ll try to seek out again.


#2

I’d never heard of Witness Mountain Wines before you mentioned them @Alchemist , but they have some seriously interesting kit on their website.

Years ago now, I used to do quite a lot of contract work in Hungary. The breadth of their wines at the quality end was an eye-opener back then, so I’m glad to see that there seems to be some progress in getting them better known. One slightly unexpected one was a range of sauvignon blanc wines. Sadly I don’t remember where they were from as we were being treated by our hosts, but they were arrestingly complex. Just the sort of thing to give a jaded palate inclined to dismiss SB’s as all rather similar.

In terms of Juhfark (which I still haven’t got around to trying yet - grrrr), the other one I have seen about a bit aside from the Society’s Kolonics is the one from Meinklang just called “J”. Largely, I understand, because it is transported from their vineyard at Somlo over the border to their winery in Austria. If it’s anything like as good as their Harslevelu called “H”, then it’s a straight recommendation to buy on sight.

Furmint is of course pretty well known by now, and quite rightly so, whether in its sweeter forms classically from Tokaj, but also the dry ones.


#3

Witness Mountain is a direct translation of the term used in Hungarian (tanúhegy) for the mountains (hills really) of Somlo and Badacsony, both distinct wine regions. It refers to hills where the surrounding landscape eroded to a plain, but due to being different rock these hills remain. Uluru is probably the most famous such thing…


#4

Thanks for explaining that, @szaki1974.

Maybe another, even nearer example might be closer to home here - Castle Rock in the middle of Edinburgh and Arthur’s Seat nearby are both, like Somló, volcanic plugs. I once had to organise a drilling crew to drill into one of these things in Spain (don’t ask!).