Olaszrizling is the pan-Central European grape that loves volcanic soil. This grape is usually associated with easy-drinking, everyday wine. But volcanic soil bring structure-building acidity and real complexity to this grape. This more sophisticated and substantial take on Olaszrizling comes from the relatively cool climate Mátra region. The grapes are from the Cibike vineyard on Sár Hill, which has volcanic andesite and pyroclastic bedrock, topped by clay and brown forest soil. The vines are approaching 60 years of age, and have a tiny yield of 700 grams per plant. This wine was made entirely by the hands of the exciting young winemaker, Levente Major, who even manually pressed the grapes. It was spontaneously fermented in used oak barrels, aged on the fine lees for two years, and then spent another six months in stainless steel tanks to round it out. There are flavors of baked apples, pear, lemon, and herbs, with a soft touch of oak on the nose and palate. This elegant wine has a nice body, and a very long and smooth finish. It is a food-friendly wine, and is ideal with all manner of poultry, fish, pasta, and seafood.