This crisp Hárslevelű is from the Degenfeld family’s Terézia vineyard, outside the village of Tarcal. The Degenfelds were of great influence in Tokaj since the 19th century; Count Imre Degenfeld was one of the most influential Tokaj winemakers and a founding member of the Tokaj-Hegyalja Winemakers Society in 1857. Clean aromas, refreshing pear and pear-lime brightness dominate the nose of this exquisite Hárslevelű. The palate is young and crisp, spiced with a slightly salty minerality. Varietals: Hárslevelű (100%). Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. Aging in second-use Hungarian oak barrels for 24 weeks. Alcohol: 12%
About the winemaker
The noble Degenfeld family first arrived in Hungary in the 19th century. One of the most influential Tokaj landowners, Count Imre Degenfeld, was a founding member of the Tokaj-Hegyalja Winemakers Society, established in 1857. After World War II, the Hungarian heir of the Degenfeld family, Count Sándor Degenfeld, was stripped of his wealth and lived in Romania with his wife. In 1964, they emigrated to Germany. In 1994, they reacquired their winery and began the process of revival. In addition, they purchased a first-class vineyard and an ancient cellar in Tarcal. Today, the 100 hectare estate is comprised of lands on the Terézia hill, the Mézesmál dűlő near Mád, and on the edge of Mezőzombor.