J12 - Juhfark
From famous extinct volcano of Somló, comes this rare and special wine. Legend has it that a glass of Somló wine drunk on the wedding night will guarantee a son in heir!
The unique soils produce a full-bodied, rich, white with ripe orchard fruits, and nutty savouriness.
92 Points - Tom Cannavan's Wine-Pages.com, 'Flirting with 'natural wine' in concept and execution, this is made from the Juhfark variety, grown biodynamically on the volcanic soils of Somló in Hungary. Golden hued, honeyed stuff, with apricot and walnut, creamy and ripe, and very seductive. The volcanic soils give terrific precision and bright acidity, but the palate shows a touch of mint humbug, concentration and absolutely delicious balance. Shimmering, fresh, but substantial, different and delicious.' July 2016 (2012 vintage)
92 Points - The Wine Gang, 'Golden hued, honeyed stuff, with apricot and walnut, creamy and ripe, and very seductive. The volcanic soils give the Juhfark grape terrific precision and bright acidity, but the palate shows a touch of mint humbug, concentration and absolutely delicious balance. Shimmering, fresh, but substantial, different and delicious.' June 2016 (2012 vintage)
17/20 Points - JancisRobinson.com, 'Aroma really draws you in – apricot and tart orange and a hint of wild honey – though you know it is going to be bone dry. Dry, quince-like freshness. Dry and mineral on the palate. Concentration and elegance together, with piercing freshness on the finish. Very good.' Julia Harding MW, December 2015 (2012 vintage)
'Real energy and persistence and quite enough fruit even in this very youthful example. Drink 2012 to 2018' 17 points, Jancis Robinson MW (2010 vintage)
'Wow – intensely aromatic with herbs and floral notes, but all quite wild with fantastic herb strewn-scents. The palate has delicious tang and vitality, with a delicious softening core hinting at peach, but those racy citrus flavours and great natural intensity and concentration pushing through into a long finish. Delicious and different, and will cellar five years or more.' 92 points, The Wine Gang (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.