Notes from Danch & Granger:
"After WWI, Hungary lost around 71% of its territory to Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Yugoslavia and Austria. Over 3 million ethnic Hungarians found themselves outside of Hungary with significant outcome on the grapes and traditions that never stopped or are now coming back to life. On the southern slopes of the Mužsla Hills in Slovakia surrounded by the river Garam, Danube and the Ipoly rivers, is where you’ll find the father & son led estate: Bott Frigyes.
I want everyone to sit on the Bott family’s deck overlooking the Danube River and drink wines like this. Made by the 3 layered “Hamburger method.,” this is basically 10-15% foot trodden, 50% whole cluster, and the rest is destemmed. Kept in these layers, everything is macerated for about 10 days in open vats. Gently pressed, it completes fermentation and ages in neutral oak barrels for 8 months.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this is unmistakably Gewürztraminer dominant, but in a juicy, smooth, acid driven and hyper mineral fashion from the Olaszrizling as well. As the name of the wine implies, it’s not meant to be double decanted by a fire reading Nietzsche, it’s meant to be a crowd-pleasing wine that happens to check all of the right boxes."