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The Maurer family has been producing wine for four generations. It was during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the 19th century that they moved from Salzburg to the southern part of the Kingdom of Hungary. They now farm 16 acres of land, including 6 acres in the Serbian wine region of Szabadka directly south of the Hungarian-Serbian border, and 10 acres in the Fruška Gora mountain district in Syrmia, Serbia, located 40 miles away from Belgrade and bordered by the Danube River to the north.
All fermentations are spontaneous (primary and secondary) without the use of any additives apart from SO2 at bottling for select some wines. Maurer basically has two tiers: Rege and Maurer. The Rege wines have low SO2 (30-50ppm) and are unfiltered (Kövidinka, Corvina, Kadarka). The Maurer line is zero compromise with zero additions of any kind (Kadarka 1880, Kadarka Nagy Krisztus, Bakatororange, Fodor Olaszrizling). His barrel regiment is all used (mostly Hungarian oak) and only racked once to tank for bottling.
NOTES & PAIRINGS
Mézes Fehér, literally, “honey white” is able to contract a ton of botrytis without dropping acidity. The 2018 harvest had around 20% botrytis infection, fermented on the skins for 7 days and aged in large Hungarian oak. Tons of dried fruit, caramelized nuts, tea, honey and plenty of acid and tannins to be an absolute goes-with-everything at the table kind of skin contact white. This is a genus of the skin contact world that isn’t found anywhere else.
ANALYTICS & PRONUNCIATION
GRAPE COMPOSITION: 100% Mézes Fehér
CLIMATE: Mild and temperate
MACERATION & AGING: fermented on the skins for 7 days and aged in large Hungarian oak.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.03 g/l
ACIDITY: 5.43 g/l