An ultimate spring wine – Béres Diókút Hárslevelű
Finding a parent
Reading about Hárslevelű in Wine Grapes, the comprehensive work of Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz we can find out that According to some recent DNA researches Furmint is the parent of Hárslevelű. However, since the publishing of the book new findings have been announced.
“The second most important grape in Tokaj, often the seductive partner of steely Furmint in both sweet and dry blends owing to its more supple fruitiness and pretty aromatics” – writes Caroliny Gilby MW about Hárslevelű grape in the Hungarian supplement of the latest edition of Decanter magazine. “Its name translates as ‘linden leaf’, for the shape of its foliage, and it often expresses a gentle linden blossom aroma, with peaches and a touch of honey and spice. It’s genuinely local, with Furmint as one parent and the other recently identified as a little-known Russian grape called Tzimliansky belyi. While in the right hands it can make truly beautiful varietal wines with joyous drinkability, it’s only through old and deep-rooted vines that it can show its most exciting quality.”
Passion for Hárslevelű
In the life Béres Vineyard and Winery, a family winery in the village of picturesque Erdőbénye (Tokaj), the varietal has always played a special role. Their only bottle fermented sparkling wine, Béres Hárslevelű Brut is made of 100% Hárslevelű – it is quite a rarity. And their Béres Diókút Hárslevelű 2018 is an excellent Hárslevelű from Diókút vineyard. The grape fermented in stainless steel tank and spent a short time in oak barrel. The nose reveals the scent of cedar, peach and linden flower. Its crispy acidity makes it ultimately refreshing, since the moderate residual sugar (4.8 g / l) is well balanced with its 5 g / l acidity.
Béres Diókút Hárslevelű 2018 is available throughout Europe by TasteHungary.eu