Wenzel Furmint Garten Eden
Michael Wenzel is based in Rust, a town on the west bank of Lake Neusiedler in Burgenland where his family have been making wine since 1647. The quartz, gneiss and mica schist soils of his vineyards are perfectly suited to the Furmint grape, producing structured, mineral wines.
The tiny Garten Eden site was planted in 2007 using 100 year old cuttings. As a result the bunches are loose and small compared to the other Furmint vines. The soils here are a special red quartz and yield extraordinarily complex and refined expressions of the Furmint variety. The grapes were spontaneously fermented in 500 litre barrels (50% new oak). The wine was then kept in oak without sulphur for 14 months and then bottled without filtration.
“The tiny Garten Eden site was planted a decade ago with centenarian cuttings and this wine is nothing short of life-changing. The red quartz soils, depicted on the label, give rise to the most complex and mesmerising dry furmint I have ever tasted”. Matthew Jukes, (Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year)
Organic Farming and minimal intervention winemaking