Feherburgundi 2016 — Pinot Blanc
A Wine That
is a testament to the great potential of Pinot Blanc - one of Europe's most underestimated grape varieties. The grape is a 'true terroir translator' and to us, this is a wonderful 'little' wine that goes the distance when put next to some of the best 'Bourgogne Blanc's' out there. The gentle oak ageing alongside extended lees contact allows the wine to bring out a creamy but firm texture - think thinly scraped butter served on a bed of crushed ice!
▼ Scroll for More Info
- Delivery: Delivery and gift wrapping options available at checkout.
- Winemaker: Franz Weninger
Where and How?
The Pinot Blanc here is grown in two vineyards around the Hungarian town of Sopron, named Steiner and Frettner. Back in 1999, the Weningers had intended to plant Pinot Noir in Fettner. After a few years however, it became clear that it was in fact Feherburgundi (Pinot Blanc) that had been planted.
This turned into a bit of a happy accident, as the potential of Feherburgundi in this region became clear, and more was subsequently planted in Steiner.
The vineyard named Frettner sits at a higher elevation and is dry and rocky, which results in more tense, reductive fruit. Steiner on the other hand is located at a lower elevation and is close to the forest, which has a moderating effect on the berries, creating more golden skins.
This white is vinified in the same way as Weninger’s reds: in large used barrels, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation. Bottled with just a touch of sulfites and without fining or filtration.
Franz could literally be characterized as a crossover-artist. He is the sort of winemaker that is deeply rooted in his region, believing in the tradition of indigenous varieties like Blaufränkisch, while at the same time never shying away to experiment with new ideas and techniques that could lead him to exciting results.
Franz and his family stand out for their conviction to the recultivation of long-forgotten vineyard sites on the border to Austria in the Hungarian village of Balf, once the epicentre of the region's winemaking production. For him, the history of the area is beyond today’s political boundaries - he is a firm believer of the Pannonian cultural heritage and is eager to transmit this message in all of his bottlings, both those made in Austria and those in Hungary.