Hill and Vineyard

The Balaton is one of those regions with characteristics which give the term terroir meaning. The terroir shows itself in the wine, and this character can be broken down further by vineyard, based on the soil, the angle of the slope, the altitude, and the distance from the Balaton and the forests. Our goal is to have these subtle, but distinguishable differences appear in our wines. This determines our work among the grapevines and the cellar. This is why Olaszrizling, Furmint and Kékfrankos are so important to us. This is why we appreciate the older vines and create soil, hill and vineyard variety wines from their crop.


#talajsztori - #soilstory

The Balaton Highlands were formed over 100 million years of geographical events into what we see today. Very different periods and worlds existed in the Balaton region, which to the present day are in a direct relationship with the soil of the vineyards, and consequentially, the wines.

In the interest of conserving the region’s rich biodiversity, UNESCO added the Bakony-Balaton region in their Geoparks network in 2012. The Balaton Highlands National Park has now renewed many of its showrooms, and several hiking programs headed by professional geologists start every weekend independent of the season.

Conservation of the region’s values are also very important to us. The man-made landscape of the Balaton has changed more in the last 100 years than in the past 1000. The increasing settlements unfortunately cause irreversible loss in value.

Members of our #talajsztori series are wine selections which originate from the Balaton Highland’s three main soil types. These are wines selected with great care, and from serious terroir, which present the characteristic flavours of each soil type. The wine family’s playful labels represent the time periods of the soils’ creation. It depicts periods that stimulate the imagination and shed light on the region’s natural values.

BOROK

HILL WINES

The Balaton region’s main wines – the mountain wines – are the product of several vineyard’s crop, which mediate the characteristics and culture of the terroir.

CSOPAK – For us, naturally the most important mountain wine is the classic CSOPAK, which according the regulations of the protection of origin, may be made exclusively from Olaszrizling and Furmint. It grows on the detritus of red Permian sandstone, which are characteristic of the vineyards of Csopak.

MÁRGA – MÁRGA is the marriage of several of our Furmint vineyards. It is also a Csopak mountain variety, from areas with a high limestone content. It is rare to have pure Furmint bottled from Csopak, but we believe that it has a promising future at the Balaton.

MAGMA – Tihany is the only historic grape mountain of the Balaton where only red wine is produced. The volcanic peninsula’s primary type is Kékfrankos. Our areas can be found on the crater walls of outer and inner lakes. The unique microclimate and volcanic soil provides our MAGMA Kékfrankos selection with a unique terroir.

Csopak 2018 Hegybor – Hill wine

Grape variety: 100% Olaszrizling – Vineyards: Csopak/Berekhát, Kishegy, Slikker, Nagykút

Soil: red sandstone and marl – Harvest: the first half of September 2018

Fermentation: spontaneous, in tanks

Aging: 8 months in tanks

Márga Furmint 2016

Grape variety: 100% Furmint – Vineyards: Csopak/ Nagykút, Hegyalja, Szitahegy

Soil: marl, loess – Harvest: the second half of September 2016

Fermentation: spontaneous, in ceramics and tanks

Aging: 8 months in ceramics and tanks

Márga 2017

Grape variety: 80% furmint, 20% olaszrizling – Vineyards: Csopak/ Nagykút, Kishegy, Hegyalja, Szitahegy

Soil: marl, loess – Harvest: the second half of September 2017

Fermentation: spontaneous, in ceramics and tanks

Aging: 8 months in ceramics and tanks

Magma Kékfrankos 2017

Grape variety: 100% Kékfrankos – Vineyards: Tihany/Lapi, Ráta, Farkasverem

Soil: basalt tuff, limestone – Harvest: the second half of September 2017

Fermentation: spontaneous, in open vats

Aging: 10 months in french barrels

Natural wine: unclarified, unfiltered

Magma Rosé Brut 2014 – Sparkling

Style: Méthode Traditionelle

Grape variety: 100% Kékfrankos – Vineyards: Tihany/Lapi, Farkasverem

Soil: basalt tuff, limestone – Harvest: end of August 2014.

Base wine fermentation: steel tank

Aging: 10 months in steel tank

Bottling: June 2015.

First disgorgement: March 2018.

Dosage: 6 g/l

SINGLE VINEYARD WINES

The specific types of wine in Csopak, and regulated style, provide an excellent opportunity for the comparison of the varieties of the vineyards within the terroir. The characteristics of the vineyards are best shown when compared to each other. Olaszrizling and Furmint both separately and together react sensitively to the changes in soil and locus. The two main soil types in Csopak are Permian sandstone formed on dry land, and marl, originating from the sea. The boundaries of the historic vineyards follow the geological boundaries nicely, making it easy to create selections based on vineyards and soils. Our vineyard wines are produced using the regulations in the Codex of Csopak, of which the important goal is a uniform terroir wine style, and the individual comparison of vineyard selections by producers.

Kopaszhegy 2018

Grape variety: 100% olaszrizling – Dűlő: Tihany/Cserhegy

Soil: volcanic basalt tuff, limestone – Harvest: 4. September, 2018.

Fermentation: spontaneous, in tanks

Ageing: 8 months in tanks

Natural wine: unclarified, unfiltered

Slikker 2017

Grape variety: 100% olaszrizling – Vineyard: Csopak/Slikker

Soil: permian red sandtone and clay – Harvest: 2017. szeptember 3.

Fermentation: spontaneous, in tanks

Ageing: 8 months in tank

Natural wine: unclarified, unfiltered

Szent Donát-parcella Olaszrizling 2017

Grape variety: 100% olaszrizling – Vineyard: Csopak/Szent Donát (Szitahegy)

Soil: marl, limestone, pannonian – Harvest: 2017. szeptember 15.

Fermentation: spontaneous, in tanks

Ageing: 8 months in tank

Natural wine: unclarified, unfiltered

Szent Donát-parcella Kékfrankos 2017

Grape variety: 100% kékfrankos – Vineyard: Csopak/Szent Donát (Szitahegy)

Soil: marl, limestone, pannonian – Harvest: 2017. szeptember 22.

Fermentation: spontaneous, in open vats

Ageing: 10 months in french barrel

Natural wine: unclarified, unfiltered

CSOPAK

Sandstone

Permian – 300 million years

The sediment of Permian sandstone owes its deep red colour to its high hematite content, much in the same way the planet Mars owes its red colour to iron ore. During its formation, 300 million years ago, our country lay along the equator, in the embrace of the Variscan Mountains. The desert climate began wearing down the immense ore-rich mountain range over a course of millions of years. In recent times, the red sediment was spread out by a river in the Balaton’s region.

CSOPAK

Marl

Triassic – 200 million years

The 250-100 million-year-old marl was formed during a geological period when the Balaton’s region became part of a tropical climate. There were various small islands situated at the edge of the Thetis Ocean in shallow waters. Among these were the high grounds of ancient Bakony, which remained permanently above water. This period was at the same time the heyday of the dinosaurs, which populated the region’s lagoons and dry land.

TIHANY & KÁL

Basalt

Miocene – 6 million years

In the embrace of the young Carpathians, where the Pannonian Sea was once located, a savanna flecked with lakes and rivers was born. The peaceful lives the diverse wildlife living on the savanna were interrupted by the volcanic eruptions of the buttes. Erosion following the intense sinking of the Balaton’s basin system washed the high and proud tuff caldera’s of the young volcanoes into the depths of the Earth. Today, the petrified basalt remnants within the mountains bear witness to the presence of these volcanoes.

Rizling 2018 – permian sandstone selection

Grape variety: 100% Olaszrizling – Vineyards: Csopak/Sáfránkert, Berekhát

Soil: red sandstone – Harvest: first half of September 2018

Fermentation: spontaneous, in tanks

Aging: 8 months in tanks

Blanc 2018 – triassic marl selection

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc, Olaszrizling, Furmint – Vineyards: Csopak/Szitahegy

Soil: marl, liemstone, pannonian – Harvest: the first half of September 2018

Fermentation: spontaneous, in tanks

Aging: 8 months in tanks

Rosé 2018 – volcanic selection

Grape variety: Merlot, Zweigelt, Kékfrankos – Vineyards: Tihany/Farkasverem, Cserhegy

Soil: basalt, basalt tuff – Harvest: the first half of September 2018

Fermentation: spontaneous, in tanks

Aging: 8 months in tanks