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Maurer Subotica Mezes Feher Orion 2018

Orange Wine from Hungary
$27.99

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Mézes Fehér, literally, “honey white” is able to contract a ton of botrytis without dropping acidity. The 2018 harvest had around 20% botrytis infection, fermented on the skins for 7 days and aged in large Hungarian oak. Tons of dried fruit, caramelized nuts, tea, honey and plenty of acid and tannins to be an absolute goes-with-everything at the table kind of skin contact white. This is a genus of the skin contact world that isn’t found anywhere else. This wine was produced with zero additives.

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The Maurer family has been producing wine for four generations with Oszkar being the current Maurer in charge. It was during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the 19th century that they moved from Salzburg to the southern part of the Kingdom of Hungary. When the border was redrawn, they ended up on the Serbian side. The estate is split in two with 6 acres in the Serbian wine region of Szabadka directly south of the Hungarian-Serbian border. Another 10 acres are located in the historic region of Szerémség (Syrmia) located 40 miles away from Belgrade and bordered by the Danube River to the north. This is where the wines below are grown.

Maurer is the only winery producing natural wine in the region but fortunately, there is an increasing number of followers. All fermentations are spontaneous (primary and secondary) without the use of any additives apart from SO2 at bottling if he thinks it’s needed. These two are wines that Oszkar makes with zero additions of any kind. The wines then sit on their skins for 4 -7 days. His barrel regiment is all used, mostly Hungarian oak and only racked once to tank for bottling.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Other White Grape

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Floral , Fruity , Funky

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied