Abasár, Matrá, Hungary
Continental (hot summers & cold winters)
Andesite, andesite tuff and pyroclastic
6 months in tank
Notes & Pairings
Olaszrizling is one of the most planted grapes in Hungary. It can make some of the best wines in the country and some of the absolute worst. Among a few others, this was a workhorse grape during the Soviet era of quantity over quality. Grown on Sár Hill, Levente’s 1.6 hectares of 60+ year old vines predate this era and have very small berries and thick skins. Despite the relatively short 1 day of maceration, there’s plenty of texture and concentration. There’s oiliness and honey meets umami quality from the barrel time, but there’s also plenty of fresh floral/herbal aromas of Olaszrizling because it spent 6 reductive months in tank prior to bottling. Good Olaszrizling shows fidelity to place, this wine can only come from Abasár.