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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Certified Organic, Biodynamically Grown, Low-Intervention, Vegan|
Winemaker Géza Lenkey Jr. enjoys a well-deserved reputation for producing expressive, bold wines. He worked alongside his father, Géza Lenkey Sr., the founder of Lenkey Pincészet estate in 1999, and took over the winemaking helm in 2007. The winery now encompasses 7 vineyards on 15 parcels in Mád and Bodrogkeresztúr; 10.4 ha in total. No pesticides or herbicides have been used since 2005, and the entire estate was certified organic in 2015. Géza Jr. practices low-intervention winemaking, with spontaneous fermentations and little to no sulfur used. He also experiments with extending aging times: whereas long-aging sweet Tokaj is quite common, Géza ages his dry furmint and hárslevelű wines as well, seeking to develop the complexity and terroir-driven nature of his wines to their fullest potential. The ‘Human’ hárslevelű is an estate blend from Lenkey’s organic vineyards near Mád, Tokaj. The soils are volcanic and intensely mineral-laden, composed of volcanic basalt, limestone, and iron-rich red sandstone. 2011 was a hot, dry vintage, and grapes were picked early in the harvest season to ensure high acidity and aging potential. Fermentation occurred spontaneously with native yeast, and the wine was aged in used Hungarian oak for 24 months, and an additional 30 months in bottle. A wine of intense terroir expression, this delivers layers of peach, quince, orange peel, vanilla, honey, and petrol, with a mouth coating waxy texture and powerful minerality. The finish is briny, savory, and persistent, with an additional kick of spice. Certified organic, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.