Garten Eden — Furmint 2018
A Wine That
is a true rarity, and a labour of love. Hand selected cuttings of the finest Tokaj vineyards were used to plant this organic vineyard, and the wine is meticulously hand-made. The result is a gamechanging fine wine full of mineral notes, clove, spice and subtle apricot notes that puts dry Furmint on the global wine white podium. If you want to try a wine that is made with the utmost dedication — a true artisan wine — this is your bottle.
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- Winemaker: Michael Wenzel
Where and How?
This wine comes from Michael's organically farmed vineyard named Garten Eden, where he grows an ancient massal selection of Furmint vines that he propagated from some of the best vineyards in Tokaj. These vines produce small berries with very loose bunches, so the yields are low.
The juice was left with its skins overnight, just to elevate the textural component of the wine. It then fermented naturally in 300-500L old oak barrels, ageing on its lees for around 20 months. Bottled 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.