July+ selection

Summer has suddenly arrived and during these times the twilight hours are valued even more. Lie back on the terrace, in the garden, or inside on the sofa, and enjoy the coming and going, and ride out the heatwave with a glass of wine, either alone or with others who you’d like to share such moments with. Our July+ selection showcases current and exciting wines that are pushing the boundaries. From the Villa Tolnay cellar, the mutual wine of Roland Velich and Philipp Oser, the new vintage of Hidden Treasures Balaton has arrived; Franz Weninger’s new rosé has also made it into the case; as has Kristinus’ 2020 orange wine; and we’re also showing a novelty, which is La Florens, made from 100-year-old Garnacha vines. Lie back and savour our the twilight hours with our July selection.

 

 

Hidden Treasures Villa Tolnay Balaton 2019

 

“The place that’s ours is fantastic as it is. The basic idea of Hidden Treasures is to show it,” says Roland Velich, the divisive and unavoidable character of Austrian wine. In addition to his own estate, Moric, he embarked on a new project a few years ago – Hidden Treasures, which selects from the terroirs of the Pannonian wine region with a long history and exceptional qualities, without borders. An important and permanent member of the series is a Riesling-Furmint blend, which is made together with Philipp Oser in Csobánc, in the cellar of Villa Tolnay.

Organic cultivation, manual harvesting, gravitational processing and spontaneous fermentation. Blending without a recipe, yet in almost equal proportions of the two varieties, made in the best barrels. The nose has phosphorous stoniness and white flowers, with vivid acidity on the palate, the subtle oak and the aftertaste that is characteristic of Csobánc.

 

 

Kristinus Liquid Sunshine 2020

 

A real orange wine from Kristinus, for which two varieties were chosen (62% Pinot Gris, or Szürkebarát in Hungarian; 38% Chardonnay). Following the harvest and selection, the grapes together with the stems and skins were macerated for three weeks. After pressing, it was aged in amphorae and barrels for half a year, then it was bottled unfiltered.

In the glass it has deep orange tones, vibrant floral aromas and stone fruit notes. Juicy flavours on the palate, a warm character and discreet spices from the oak, with the delicious sourness of black tea on the finish. That’s what sunshine tastes like at Kristinus.

 

 

Weninger Rózsa Petsovits Rosé 2020

 

Franz's grandmother, Rózsa Petsovits, was born exactly a hundred years ago. She plays the accordion on the hand-drawn label of the wine that commemorates her. From the first vintage, they have been selecting from the two sides of the border: the fuller Syrah from the Hungarian side, and the cooler Zweigelt and Pinot Noir from the Austrian side. Biodynamically cultivated grapes, brief skin contact, spontaneous fermentation in wooden vats, bottling without filtering and fining, locally at the cellar. Due to the low level of intervention, the low sulphur content and the unfiltered bottling, residual carbonic dioxide can be felt in each bottle, which is the by-product of the long spontaneous fermentation and a natural part of the style. Like Weninger wines in general, it shows its best form at cellar-cold temperature and after brief airing.

 

 

Ruppert Tűk és Tavirózsák Rosé 2020

 

According to Ákos Ruppert, “serious” rosé has three secrets: it can only be made from free-run juice – that is from the must that oozes freely from the grapes without pressing. Ageing is at least as important: together with fine lees and for longer than usual. And the third is the closure of the bottles, which is the cork that allows the wine to continue ageing and developing in the bottle.

This is how Tűk és Tavirózsák is made, for which they harvested again from a smaller plot at the foot of the mountain, so in 2020 the wine from the warm southern wine region became even lighter than usual.

 

 

Bott Frigyes Kadarka 2020

 

Frigyes Bott's Kadarka is a real cult wine. Little of it is made and it’s so sought after that often even our own colleagues fall behind. The new vintage that has just arrived is zestier than usual and it’s in very good shape shortly after bottling (in May), when slightly more lees made it into the bottles compared to the previous vintages. It has everything we love about the variety, yet it remains an enjoyable and thirst-quenching natural wine until the last glass.

The biodynamically cultivated grapes are harvested in several batches, sorted, then partly destemmed and spontaneously fermented together in whole bunches in open vats, followed by half a year of ageing in a used Hungarian barrel.

 

 

Josep Grau La Florens 2018

 

We got to know this new winery of our selection in the most original way possible. Without any prior contact or a cover letter, a bottle awaited us in the office in a sophisticated yet simple package with a nice label with an unknown name on it. One of us took it home on the same day and tasted it without any particular research. Instead of any preconception, prejudice or great anticipation, there was a Spanish wine in which we recognized quality. We soon realized it could’ve only come from a good place. The sender was the Catalan winemaker, Josep Grau, who wanted to get to know us, so he sent us a bottle of his favourite wine, from which our first order has already arrived. We’re introducing the wine here first.

The small region is called Montsant, its high-located terroirs almost encircle the vineyards of the famous and neighbouring Priorat, and its main variety is Grenache. The parcel-selected La Florens is made from here, which is harvested from 100-year-old vines. Organic cultivation, slow hand harvest, spontaneous fermentation in a concrete vats, then ageing in oval Stockinger barrels. Vibrant, powerful and deep aromas, dense fruitiness, purity and subtle oak.