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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Wine Review: Oremus Mandolás Furmint 2016

Oremus Furmint 2016

Owned by the world famous Vega Sicilia out of Ribera del Duero, Spain, Oremus is located in the village of Tolscva, in the Tokaj-Hegyalja appellation of Hungary. The vineyards lay on the hillsides of above the village, and its cellars that date back to the 12th century are underneath. All of the Oremus wines are classified as "First Growth" by the Szirmay classification of 1803.

Mandolás is named after one of Oremus's vineyards that is only planted with Furmint, but it appears that this wine is not fully sourced from that vineyard. Furmint is the grape used in the world's very first noble rot (botrytis cinerea) dessert wine; Tokaji Aszu. This is just a wine, not a dessert wine, made from Furmint. It was gently pressed, fermented in new oak barrel for 8 to 12 days, then aged in small 136-litre barrels for an unspecified amount of time. The final ABV is 13.5%.

The color of the wine is a medium gold. There's aromas of lemon, peach, vanilla pudding, and toffee. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a watery mouthfeel, tart acidity, and some chalky tannin from the oak. There's flavors of lemon peel, peach, and vanilla. Then it just finishes awkward and I can't explain why. It's a weird tartness that doesn't fit with the flavors and the oak I guess, in an attempt to explain it. But, regardless, I'm not a fan of the finish. And the wine overall doesn't really hold my interest.

For $25 this is not worth it. But this is also the second Furmint that I've reviewed for the blog that I'm just not digging. So I begin to ask myself... do I just not like the varietal? I need to explore more. For science.

Price: $25
Rating: 2/5 = Not Impressive (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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