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St. Donát, Hematit 2022

Olaszrizling (Welschriesling) from the region of Csopak tends to be fruity with steely minerality. It is often the first wine that many people reach for while vacationing down at Lake Balaton (the “Hungarian sea”) during the summertime. As a producer, St. Donát Winery is synonymous with excellence in Csopak when it comes to showing off the high potential of this often understated grape. The name “Hematit” comes from the fact that the grapes were cultivated in vineyards whose soil is rich in red sandstone and hematite iron ore. As a result, this Olaszrizling has a crisp minerality that is the calling card of Csopak as a wine region. It is made solely from hand-harvested organic grapes and underwent a brief period of skin contact followed by tank fermentation with eight months on lees.

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Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe, is the closest that landlocked Hungary has to a sea. The lake moderates the climate of the surrounding countryside—making it not only a favorite destination for vacationers, but also a beneficial climate for viticulture.

Located on the northern shore of the lake, Balaton-Csopak is one of districts with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status within the greater Balaton wine region PGI (Protected Geographical Indication). The Balaton-Csopak district also includes the sub-region Tihany—an idyllic peninsula with an imposing abbey—which is Hungary’s smallest PDO.

Viticulture was most likely practiced in the region before the Romans arrived, and it then flourished within the Roman province of Pannonia. During the region’s heyday in the early 19th century, Balatonfüred was the most desirable holiday destination on the lake, and the wines were equally famous. Today the region comprises about 2,000 hectares of vineyards, which is significantly less than in the past since much prime vineyard land has been lost to holiday construction.
The region is almost exclusively white wine country today, and Olaszrizling is the king in Balatonfüred and Csopak.

The region is almost exclusively white wine country today, and Olaszrizling is the king in Balatonfüred and Csopak.
Both towns and their associated communities have their own organizations to promote the variety and raise its quality. The Csopak Codex is an independent origin and trademark protection system with the strictest requirements of any in Hungary regarding viticulture and vinification. It covers wines from 30 vineyards of five communities and has two levels—village and vineyard-selected wines. Balatonfüred also has its own association, Rizling Generation, who are working towards a similar system.
However, the Tihany peninsula effectively divides the region in two, and this is red wine country. Only red and rosé may be produced from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Kékfrankos, and Merlot on the volcanic soils of the tiny 95-hectare PDO. Moreover, Kékfrankos is making inroads in the region and challenging white varieties’ dominance, with elegant wines being produced on its marl and limestone-rich soils.

Other important varieties in the region include Szürkebarát (aka Pinot Gris) and Chardonnay. Furmint, known locally as Szigeti, which used to be widely planted, is beginning to make a comeback.

The Kovács family has deep roots at Lake Balaton and the nearby Káli Basin region, having been involved in making wine there for centuries. They founded the Szent Donát Estate in 1994, located in Csopak, a lovely village on the northern side of the lake (where they also have a restaurant). The whole family is involved in running the winery and its about 15 hectares of vineyards, with Tamas Kovács—the next generation—taking the lead as winemaker.

There is minimal intervention during the winemaking process, and since 2015 Szent Donát has been officially organic. Their vineyards are located in some of the prime areas in Csopak, the Tihany peninsula, and the Kál Basin. Tamás Kovács is one of the leaders in the Codex of Csopak, an independent trademark protection system guaranteeing quality, which was created jointly by the region’s leading producers.

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Austria7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Belgium10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Bulgaria13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Croatia10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Czech Republic7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Denmark13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Estonia13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Finland19,900 HUF21,200 HUF23,800 HUF
France13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Germany7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Greece (mainland)19,900 HUF21,200 HUF23,800 HUF
Hungary (outside of Budapest)4,000 HUF for shipping of up to 11 bottles4,000 HUF for shipping of up to 11 bottlesFree delivery for purchases of 12 bottles
Hungary (Budapest)4,000 HUF for shipping of up to 11 bottles (if the order is below 20,000 HUF)4,000 HUF for shipping of up to 11 bottles (if the order is below 20,000 HUF)Free delivery for orders over 20,000 HUF
Ireland13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Italy13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Latvia13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Lithuania13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Luxembourg13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Netherlands10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Poland7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Portugal19,900 HUF21,200 HUF23,800 HUF
Romania10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Slovakia7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Slovenia10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Spain19,900 HUF21,200 HUF23,800 HUF
Sweden13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
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