Ottó Légli – two dozen years and counting

“The estate will be 25-years-old next year, but we have something to celebrate even now: the must of the 2012 vintage was fermented in our new processing facility, then aged there in 500-litre barrels and tanks, and turned into wine. Riesling, Olaszrizling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc: my four most important varieties here in the loess, always in a different order. I like Riesling the most now and it was a great pleasure to taste three vintages of it together. The Riesling of the Gesztenyés vineyard in 2007 was the fruit of over-ripe, botrytised grapes; it’s amazing how rich and healthy it still is today. In the 2009 beside the floral flavours typical of the region, delicate petrol also appears. The 2011 was about cleanliness, freshness and floral liveliness. We managed to retain the rich fruitiness of the 2011 Chardonnay in cool tanks following 7 months of ageing in large ászok barrels. It gets richer and richer every year as the vines get older.

Our estate wine, Lugas, was only fermented and aged in tank in 2012. Floral, subtly savoury, buoyant – beside the two Rieslings, the Sauvignon Blanc makes it tight instead of the Chardonnay grapes of previous vintages.