We’re returning to the steep slopes of Haloze tonight to look at a cuvée that has been recently released at the Gross family. We’re tasting their Korže cuvée, named after the vineyard where grapes are coming from.
Korže is one of the best plots at Gross. Grapes have been planted in the Opoka soil (limestone and marl) directly by drilling 50 cm holes in the rock. The first vintage released here was the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, so now we’re tasting the Cuvée to whom they added a touch of Furmint.
Korže is a cuvée of 65 % Sauvignon Blanc and 35 % Furmint. The production follows spontaneous fermentation with a 12-month maturation in used, large oak barrels to a final four-month stabilisation in stainless vats before bottling without fining and filtration.
This results in a wine with a brilliant, golden yellow colour and dense texture.
The aroma is sophisticated, and the perceptions reveal apple, pineapple, peach, and a hint of red grapefruit, which binds with lemon and orange blossom. We also notice herbs reminiscent of oregano and a mineral signature resembling flint.
The taste is intense, soft, with well-incorporated alcohols. Its acidity and minerality are crisp and elevated. A wine of elegance, structure and a lasting, elegant aftertaste.
It will easily last for the next three to five years, but it’s already a pleasantly drinking wine now. A bottle will cost you approximately 35 Eur, and you can currently order it at their international website.