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Kasnyik Orange Welschriesling Rizling 2018

Orange Wine from Slovakia, Slovenia
by Kasnyik

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Rizling means Welschriesling/Olaszrizling unless you specify otherwise. It’s one of the most widely planted grapes in the Pannonian basin and you can find it ranging from Eiswein, sparkling, 2 liter plastic bottles at the supermarket, to age-worthy dry wines, and increasingly as a great candidate for skin maceration. Hand picked and destemmed, Gábor spontaneously ferments on the skins in open vats until the cap falls. It’s then barreled down on the lees for as close to the next harvest as possible (11 months for the 2018). He doesn’t like having empty barrels. Bottled unfiltered with a small addition of SO2 (~20ppm), they even list the histamine level (4.40 mg/l) as well.

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Brothers Gábor and Tamás along with Gábor’s wife Virág are the souls behind Kasnyik wines. The Kasnyik family estate is also located along a border with Hungary. This time we find ourselves in Slovakia just north of Hungary. In the vineyard they do not use herbicides, synthetic insecticides, acaricides or any systemic fungicides. Other things prohibited under their self-imposed chart include the use of synthetic fertilizers, a maximum yield of 40 hl per hectare and only harvesting by hand. New plantings must be at minimum 5000 plants per hectare and dedicated to Central European varieties.

Strekov is one of the sunniest sub appellations in Južnoslovenská (Southern Slovakia). They farm 6 hectares in largely calcareous and loamy-clay soil between 200-250 meters above sea level. The main focus is on grapes like Ryzlink Vlašský (Olaszrizling), Veltlínske Zelené (Grüner Veltliner), Chardonnay, Devín, Ryzlink Rýnský (Rhine Riesling), Frankovka Modrá (Kékfrankos), Tramín Červený (Gewürztraminer), Dunaj, Alibernet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

Gabor is in charge of winemaking. He has had a few important mentors including Oszkar Mauer but his wines are very different since he's attempting to produce something that is unique to his regions and terroir. But a focus on spontaneous fermentation, skin maceration and patience in both the vineyard and cellar are certainly shared.


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  • Vintage


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  • Style

    Floral , Fruity , Funky

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied