The last crates arrived on the second week of October, so we have finished the harvest of 2020. The ripening of the varieties did not slip together this year, we managed to pick what we planned in time. This vintage became narrower in terms of quantity, in exchange we obtained a concentrated material.
We are working with three different varieties, the furmint was less this year, because the weather was unfavorable in the spring, so this year we make champagne from it.
This year wasn’t an exceptionally warm year. It was less a red wine vintage, but even now, the Kékfrankos performed reliabel. The Olaszrizling, on the other hand, has shown that it is no coincidence that dominates Csopak, this variety brings the expected every year. This year we are focusing more on our Hegybor, we want to make it outstanding, so we even forgo the single vineyard selections, and we only making our Slikker Olaszrizling.
Csopak will be a concentrated, balanced wine, I hope this will be the best Hill wine we have made so far.
This year’s novelty is the small bottle of raw sparkling wine, called 5BAR. Half a bottle is often enough for two people, it can also be used well in hospitality, that’s why we decided to use “demie” size.
We have been making raw champagne for ourselves for years, it does not require special maturation, as it spreads it can be consumed almost immediately. We named it 5BAR because it was fermented to leave a pressure of 5 bar in the bottle. I think this is a good balance point: less pressure, less lees, lots of fruit left and not much foaming. As an experiment a rosé version will also be made.
Just as a ‘heavy’ version of rose, halfway between rose and siller. We’d like more tannic acid and tannins into the wine so eventually we do not have to filter it. We want to put a real fruit bomb like a raspberry syrup into a bottle in early spring.