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2017 was an exceptional sweet wine year. The Furmint and Hárslevelű bunches botrytize the nicest when botrytis hits them in complete ripeness. And when the long and warm Indian summer meets with abundant morning dew – that’s the real Szamorodni nirvana itself. In 2017, this graceful state remained for months, and that’s why István Balassa decided to select the bunches and parts of bunches for this Szamorodni separately from seven parcels. “It was spontaneously fermented in [two] Trust barrels, one of 300 litres and one of 225 litres, where it was also aged for more than a year. I like Szamorodni when it’s muscly, when it can stand up to an aszú with its thickness and power. This is like that: 200 grams of residual sugar, vibrant acidity, creaminess and powerful Betsek fruitiness.” István Balassa.
„Five hectares is the limit for me. That’s the upper ceiling of quantity and quality that one can control. For me, that point comes at five hectares. The character of a vineyard shows itself the most if we wander around it incessantly; if we live together with the parcel and nature. We experience, learn and improve year after year. Something that worked in 2010 had to be redefined in 2011. In such a dominant and warm year, the differences between the vineyards appear more slowly. I work exclusively with second-fill barrels; the first fill never makes it into the bottle. It would suppress the character of the vineyards.”