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2015 Somlói Vándor, Nagy-Somlói Juhfark
Imagine a vineyard almost untouched by time in a tiny, virtually unknown wine region whose wines just blow you away. It was my first visit of the day, my first visit in Hungary, and I hit a home run! That never happens. I spent three hours soaking in the stark beauty of these volcanic hillside vineyards. I was totally enraptured. There’s a volcanic thread running through each of these unique wines, exotic but comfortably delicious.
WINE NAME: Juhfark, pronounced “Yooh-fark,” means sheep’s tail. The name is due to the elongated shape of the grape clusters.
Golden color. Slight Riesling petroleum nose that opens up to white flowers and yellow peach. Great density, rich mouth feel. Yellow peach flavors dominate with a mouthwatering mineral core. Underlying volcanic saline—almost saltiness—really hangs onto your palate.
Pairing: Think of using this wine in place of a red wine where deep flavors,perfect integration, and palate-cleansing acidity are called for. This wine pairs well with spicy Hungarian salami. This is a wine that can stand up to and complement a multitude of marinated grilled red meats.
A mere 300 cases produced. Four parcels blended together. The wine is pressed, put into barrel for fermentation for five months of aging on the fine lees. The grapes are not grown anywhere else in the world, and the grapes are harvested in late September.