Szőke Mátyás

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Szőke Mátyás winery

The family cultivates roughly 25 hectares in the Cserepes and Peresi vineyards focusing on white varietals like Pinot Gris, Irsai Oliver, Zöld Veltelini, Királyleányka, Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling), Sylvaner, Hárslevelü, Ottonel Muscatel, Tramini, and Chardonnay. Grapes are generally harvested in late September to October and then quickly taken to the winery for manual sorting. Zoltán administers a strictly controlled fermentation, but not always with selected yeast, and aims to preserve the character of each variety and the freshness of the wine. Fermentation and aging both take place in temperature controlled inox tanks and malolactic fermentation is avoided. The red wines and a small percentages of the whites are aged in large, old, traditional Hungarian oak casks. Free run and press fractions are vinified separately, blended to taste, and then filtered with Diatomaceous earth before bottling.

Mátra

At the foot of the Mátra Mountains, the soil, the climate and the beneficial influence of the adjacent hills create a special microclimate where lovers of aromatic white wines with fine acidity can find a real paradise. There are over 7,000 hectares under vine in Mátra, Hungary’s second largest wine region. The heavily forested mountains run East-West giving the vineyards a generally southern exposure. Soils are volcanic, but have over millennia degraded into the rich brown forest soils which nourish the vineyards today. Summer can be warm to hot, but nights are cool particularly leading up to harvest, preserving acidity without sacrificing ripeness. The cellars, deep under the Mátra hills are old, some of them dating from the time of Napoleon, and maintain an ideal humidity and temperature for wine.

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