Region: Somlo, HUN
Variety: Harslevelu, Furmint, Welschriesling
Hidden Treasures is a pan-Pannonian project by Roland Velich of Moric. It sees the Burgenland Blaufränkisch legend collaborating with his lesser-known but super-talented winemaking brethren across the plain in Hungary. Together they elevate great indigenous varieties to wines worthy of their ancient promise.
Hidden Treasure No. 2 is brought to you by Roland and Tamas Kis from Somlo. It's a dry white wine made from the trio of grapes Hárslevelü, Furmint and Welschriesling. Roland says it's "classic Somlo" though I suppose not many of us are that familiar with the concept. Anyway the nose and palate are not so much driven by fruit and flowers so much as by spice and savoury tones. Honey, spice and orchard fruits have a saline edge and an intriguing finish reminiscent of mead. - Ed Merrison, CellarHand