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|Grapes||Furmint, Hárslevelű and Sárgamuskotály|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Certified Organic, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, 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, or 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. ‘Túlélő’ (which translates to “survivor” in Hungarian), is a rare dry blend of furmint, hárslevelű and sárgamuskotaly. The 2008 vintage was notoriously difficult, and this wine was produced from selections of the best grapes from all of Lenkey’s vineyards, planted on volcanic soils. Fermentation occurred spontaneously and the wine was aged for 12 months in used 500L Hungarian oak, and bottled unfined. Concentrated flavors of apricot skin, dried hay, crushed herbs, and beeswax yield to preserved oranges and peach leather, all backed by a savory, herb-tinged acidity. This wine is a must-try for fans of Lopez de Heredia whites, aged Burgundy and vintage riesling. Certified organic, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.