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Zöldveltelini is better known by its German name: Grüner Veltliner, an especially popular variety in neighbouring Austria, but one that has found its second home Etyek wine region. Special vintages can only be made in years with plentiful sunshine around harvest, and 2019 was just such an occasion. A scorching August was followed by warmer than usual September, and the hand-picked bunches for this single-vineyard white wine, cultivated in the heart of the picturesque Öreghegy ("Old Hill"), were harvested in the first week of October. Grüner Veltliner is vinemarker Tomi Hernyák's favorite grape to work with, so he chose his other favourite, his dog Bizsu, to be on the front label for this wine.
Creamy aromas of white pepper, grass and lime blossom. A rich and powerful body with lighter than usual acidity, this is a non-typical Grüner Veltliner, perfect if you are looking for a more intense experience. A long finish with a touch of sweetness and oak notes from the barrel ageing.
Serving temperature: 12°C
Grape variety: Grüner Veltliner (Zöldveltelini)
Soil type: Limestone covered by brown forest soil
Fermentation: Spontaneous in metal tank
Ageing: 5 months in second- and third-use oak barrel
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Bottle size: 0.75l
Hernyák Winery, Etyek
The Hernyák family moved to Etyek in 1993, and they were soon engrossed by the regions viticultural heritage. Initially helping their neighbours at harvest time, they fell in love with the rich tradition of wine-making. The initial ‘artisan’ approach is now complemented by the latest technologies, while still aiming to retain a natural, family flair to it. Their goal is to establish a sustainable winery, where WIFI and ladybugs co-exist, where work is carried out by modern machinery next to good old elbow grease. It was the natural next step for the family to change over to organic methods of cultivation, respecting both the flora and fauna of their seven-hectare estate. By working in harmony with nature and not against it, Hernyák wines are made from the finest hand-picked grapes, bringing you an honest and authentic taste of this unique region.
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