H14 - Hárslevelü
The 'H' here refers to the wine being 100% Harslevelu grape (and the number is the vintage). Grown high on terraces amongst lava pillars on the famous extinct volcano of Somlo in Hungary, this elegant white has fleshy stone fruit flavours and typical bracing minerality, adding complexity and depth. Wonderful.
90 Points, The Wine Gang, 'A rich, spicy, concentratedly mineral, dry white with a rigorous spine of acidity – all of which will stand it in good stead for a few years. It's made from Hárslevelü grown amidst the lava deposits of the extinct Somló volcano.' May 2015 (2013 vintage)
17/20 Jancis Robinson MW, 'The Hungarian grape grown just over the border in Hungary and still part of [Meinklang owners] the Michlits' farm. Extremely lively and chock full of character. Dense and powerful with good acidity.' JancisRobinson.com (2010 vintage)
Run by the delightful Werner Michlits, the Meinklang vineyards are to be found on the eastern side of Neusiedlersee in eastern Austrian close to the Hungarian border. Long summer days allow for the best physiological ripeness, whilst cool evenings give the grapes ‘resting’ time. Vineyards planted close to the lakes have high atmospheric humidity combined with warm air, the ideal conditions for Austria’s world-famous sweet wines: eiswein, or ice wine. With its clear flavour and well-balanced acidity, it is made from grapes picked when temperatures plummet below freezing.