Aus dem Quartz — Furmint 2020
A Wine That
redefines the idea of an Austrian classic. Spicy, flinty and textured, this is lemon peel mixed with raw almond and a healthy sprinkling of sea salt. We like to dub Furmint as the Chenin Blanc of the East. Give it time to breathe and the wine will unfold incredible layers of depth. A wine that certainly punches above its weight — a real eye-opener.
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- Winemaker: Michael Wenzel
Where and How?
Michael Wenzel is renowned for his work with the grape variety Furmint. This cuvée comes from a blend of five of his organic vineyards, and he picks slightly earlier to create something with bright, approachable acidity. Meticulous sorting is done in the vineyard to make sure only the best berries make it into the wine.
The grapes were pressed directly, and the juice went into stainless steel tanks. The next day, the juice was pumped into used 500L - 1000L oak barrels, where it fermented naturally and stayed there to age for eight months. Unfined and unfiltered.
The Winemaker: Michael Wenzel
If Michael lived 150 years ago, he may well have been one of Europe’s most famous winemakers. Back then, Furmint was one of the king of grapes and the wines made from the variety were a go-to choice, just like fine Burgundy or Bordeaux.
However, back in the 1990s, when Michael took over from his father, customers who entered their cellars were preferring to go for Sauvignon or dry Muskateller, as that is what everyone else was selling. Despite the lack of commercial interest, Michael continued to grow and bottle Furmint and time proved him right. With the renaissance of indigenous grapes in Burgenland and curious professionals all around the world, Michael’s path proved the right one, and he is now one of Austria’s most respected farmers and winemakers.