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Vaskapu Kastely Pecs Harslevelu 2019

Orange Wine from Hungary, Hungary

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This is a blend of two clones harvested at the same time including a few shriveled berries. 30% was direct pressed and 70% was whole cluster. Everything went into an open fermentation vat for 4 days of semi carbonic with enough juice from the direct press to keep everything healthy. The wine was then moved into a French barrel and a glass carboy for 1 year on the lees. It has just enough maceration for some extra texture, keeps a ton of the primary aromatics, and is dry at 12%.
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Pécs was the European Capital of Culture in 2010 and its motto is "The Borderless City." You can see, hear and taste the influences of the Serbs, Croats, Germans, Romanians, Greeks, Hungarians and Turks. This is where you will find Géza Galán and his winery Vaskapu Kastély. Géza is not originally from the area but his wife Ibolya has her roots in Lánycsók (A girl’s kiss), a small nearby village. In 2015 Géza started making a little hobby wine in a small cellar in Pecs that quickly turned into an obsession. Three years later they made a leap of faith by buying the Vaskapu Kastély (Iron Gate Castle) in Mohács.

The climate here is sub Mediterranean with cool and constant breezes from the Danube and the protective shelter of Mecsek Mountain. This all culminates in a long, healthy, and warm growing season and little to no risk of frost. The bedrock is volcanic, but it’s the loess, clay, forest loam, and extremely high lime content that drives the structure of the wines.

Géza’s 2.5 hectares encompass a mix of the past and present. Everything is farmed according to biodynamic principles including no tilling and organic spraying is kept to a minimum. There’s one hectare each of Kadarka and Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest is a mix of Hárslevelű, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. He’s working on new plantings of Kadarka, Kékfrankos, Olaszrizling and Rajnai (Rhine) Rizling.

Géza wants his wines to express the “genius loci'' of Southern Hungary, which basically translates to the protective spirit of a place. Farming biodynamically and practicing low intervention in the cellar are a means to this end. His two sons, Gáspár 3, and Zsigmond 2, ever present at the winery and in the vineyards, are vivid reminders of the importance of farming regeneratively.

His is the kind of family that encapsulates the best of the new generation of growers in Hungary and the surrounding regions. They are making wine that has long term family legacy in mind in both the health of the soil, the wines, and celebrating the culture of the area. According to Géza, “For me winemaking is life, it is the harmony between human and nature, the responsibility for sustainability and our smaller societies.”


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  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Minerally

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied