Kvarc 2016 — Furmint
A Wine That
turned out to be one of Michael’s most incredible wines to date. One of his three Furmint Vogelsang barrels was going into a completely different direction and for a long time Michael was unsure to release the wine at all. In the end he bottled the wine as an experiment with no additions and under the Hungarian synonym for the prevailing soils - Kvarc. Having spent more than two years in bottle the wine shows an incredibly complex character, full of stoney and salty layers.
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- Winemaker: Michael Wenzel
Where and How?
The grapes for Kvarc come from Austria`s oldest plantation of Furmint, planted in the 1980s - the Vogelsang vineyard. It is located in the surroundings of Rust in Burgenland, with a soil composed of mica schist, grey and blue quartz. Grapes are harvested at the peak of harvest, gently pressed on whole bunches and then transferred into 500L oak for 15 months. The wine was bottled with a small dosis of SO2 before bottling.
If Michael lived 150 years ago he may well be one of Europe’s most famous winemakers. 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.