With the Hidden Treasures projects Roland Velich (of the MORIC wines) seeks out "undiscovered" winemakers who work with indigenous grapes to give them their due attention. With Hidden Treasures No. 1, we met Attila Homonna from the famed Tokaj region, whose own wines are spectacular (and also available from Winemonger.) Here, the Hidden Treasure Project No. 2 is a cooperation with Tamas Kis from Somlo. This is a completely dry white wine made from the trio of grapes HÃ¡rslevelÃ¼, Furmint and Welschriesling. The wine shows the drive and precise structure that the terroir of this second project dictates.
FROM WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE, 91 PTS:
Based in Austriaâ€™s Burgenland, Roland Velich works with lesser-known winemaking talents and indigenous varieties for his Hidden Treasures wines. This one comes from SomlÃ³ in Hungary, where he teamed up with TamÃ¡s Kis of SomlÃ³i VÃ¡ndor (whose wines are also recommended here). They blended this from hÃ¡rslevelÃº, furmint and welschriesling, producing a fascinating white, ripe but not sweet, with flavors of rambutan and quince scented with lanolin, clove and a hint of smoke. The way it develops in the glass suggests this is best served decanted, and with something rich to eat, like pike in a cream sauce.
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