Place: Erdobenye - Tokaj, Hungary
Variety: Furmint, Harslevelu
Homonna was established in Erdőbénye in 1999 by Attila Homonna, a pioneering electronic musician-cum-winemaker who has done so much to ingite excitement around dry wines from organically farmed vines in Tokaj. Attila owns 4 hectares of Furmint and Hárslevelű vines near Erdőbénye. These vines grow in the Határi, Rány and Meszes vineyards. He is dedicated to sustainability in all its forms -regenerating old vineyards, supporting local workers and limiting inputs to sulphur, baking powder, citrus oil, chamomile tea and minimal copper.
50% Furmint, 50% Hárslevelű. Mostly a blend of the Meszes-Csáky, Rány and Határi vineyards, which suit Hárslevelű so well. Meszes-Csáky faces south and is quite steep, with white, porous volcanic soil. Half the wine was fermented in Austrian Stockinger barrels (no new oak), the other half in stainless steel. The portions are then swapped for maturation. The warmer than average 2018 vintage gives a rich texture while still showing a racy acid backbone. This wine has a stony, waxy nose with honey, linden, pear and a spicy, pink-grapefruit peel finish.