These grapes are sourced from the Hungary region of Somlo, north of Lake Balaton. A native white grape variety, Harslevelü, given 2 days of skin contact. Fermented with wild yeasts, not fined nor filtered, and nothing is added not even sulfites.
Meinklang is more than just a vineyard and winery; it is a fully self-sustaining family farm and eco-community. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner and Goethe, the Michlits family led by Anneliese and Werner Mitchlit took over their family farm over 20 years ago with dreams of a complete agricultural and viticultural project that exists in perfect harmony with nature. They began with organic cultivation, and converted to Biodynamics 10 years later. Long warm days extend into the autumn, an optimal climate for phenolic ripeness. They make their own compost from manure, pomace and plant cuttings, emphasizing living soils in their vineyards. In addition to wine production, they raise cattle (the pride of the farm is not wine grapes but a herd of Angus cattle, which provide manure for fertilizer) as well as many other heirloom crops and wild insect colonies. Their vineyards are surrounded by natural ponds and cover crops of wild herbs and grasses. This combined with the wild insects, bees especially; promote healthy soils and natural pollination for a diverse ecosystem. Wines ferment exclusively with native yeasts and made with minimal intervention. The couple works as minimally as possible in the cellar, allowing only wild or ambient yeasts and adding nothing to the winemaking process.
Hungary‘s smallest wine region (Somlo) is only around 800 ha in size. While the individual sites and slopes were originally divided between the noble families, today the area is characterized by many little parcels used by self-sufficient farmers. Picturesque little houses, fruit trees, shrubs and enchanting cottage gardens blend into the mountain vineyard landscape.
Tasting: Fresh lemon juice with lemon drop candied notes, balanced tannin and fresh acidic finish
Pairing: seafood, shellfish or as an apertif