Hárlevelű – easy to fall in love with

Rose Murray Brown MW about the grape variety

The challenge is first learning to pronounce it: ‘haaarsh-level-ooo’– wrote Rose Murray Brown MW in an article last year about the grape variety. Now she is one of the jury members of the 5th WebWineWriting contest, she and her fellow jury members have just started to evaluate the entries. Until the results are announced, let us recommend her writing about the “other grape” of Tokaj.
“If you love your dry whites aromatic and spicy, Harslevelu is an easy grape to fall in love with, with its wonderful honeyed aromas, creamy palate, crisp acid and salty aftertaste.  The challenge is first learning to pronounce it: ‘haaarsh-level-ooo’.” Rose Murray Brown MW gives a great summary of everything we need to know about the variety, and she also provides descriptions of 7 Hárslevelű wines she have tasted. One of them is Zsirai Hárslevelű Dry Tokaj 2016.

HARSLEVELU DRY TOKAJI 2016 Zsirai (12.5%)  ***GOOD VALUE***
£15.07 Jascots Wine www.jascots.co.uk
Impressive effort from winemaker Kata Zsirai, wild-ferment partly in barrel and 8 months in Hungarian oak gives extra richness; lovely honeyed sweet nose, intense richness, long precise length – needs food.

Read the whole article by Rose Murray Brown MW
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Kata and Petra Zsirai, Mád, Tokaj, Hungary

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