Harvest forecast 2018
2018 has heen very warm and rainy, which means we have plenty of work to do, but in return the crop seems promising. We have also increased the vineyard surface this year, but only by a little this time. We have planted one hectare of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay in Etyek on Öreghegy (“Old Hill” near the winery), as well as one hectare of Kékfrankos in Sopron. However, the true growth this year is thanks to bringing 12 hectare of vineyard in Etyek and 6 hectares in Sopron into production. In Etyek these are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, while in Sopron Kékfrankos and Merlot.
As we will be receiving a great quantity of grape, we need to also expand the capacity of the cellar. In July, three gigantic 15 000 liter temperature-controlled fermentation tanks arrived, each weighing 2.2 tons, which we can access by its own staircase and walkway. Not only these, four 600 liter tanks and some smaller ones were delivered as well. Thus, we are well-prepared to welcome the growing amount of grape. We started the purchasing process of these tanks back in 2016, which goes to show that it is worthwhile to plan capacity expansion ahead of time.
After the success of the Grüner Veltliner and the wild fermentation Sauvignon Blanc, the third Mérész Sándor Projekt wine (MSP) hit the shelves this July: the Zenit 2017. MSP is always a unique item, a true experiment with a limited number of bottles released. The MSP Zenit, a single-variety wine, demands a place of its own in our portfolio. Light lemon color, it stuns with perfume in the nose, followed by yellow apples and pears, in the finish it is crisp with citrus. A true character, just like its predecessors.
This year, the workload in the vineyard not only increased due to the new plots, as the weather also had a say. Due to the amount of rainfall and relatively warm temperatures, vineyard tasks need to be repeated more often than usual. In previous years, vine stem cleaning was done twice, while now we’ll need to have a fifth round with some of the stalks. Although the cooler July weather has slowed down ripening a little, the heat experienced in May anticipated the harvest period by 2-3 weeks. Right now, we are planning to start picking earlier than ever before, in mid-August, with the Pinot Noir nestled around the winery building.