Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Producer: Bencze Birtok
Region: Badacsony, Hungary
Wild Scale: 4/5
Winemaking: Biodynamic Pinot Noir grapes were harvested by hand. Fermented in open top vats with gentle punching down before being aged on the lees. Aged in a mixture stainless steel tanks and old Burgundy barrels. No fining, filtration or added sulphur. Very small production
This Wine: All of Bencze's wines are seriously amazing but it was the Pinot that first made us fall in love. This is complex and earthy with bursts of red and black fruit and a herbal finish. All the hallmarks of this famous grape but with a reflection of Hungarian terroir. Light bodied but great intensity.
Notes on the Winemaker: István Bencze is a pioneer of natural winemaking in Hungary. His vineyards are situated on the Szent György hill, in Badacsony near Lake Balaton. He works meticulously in the vineyard, harvesting at multiple times in order the achieve the right balance in the final wine.