2021 Vega Sicilia Oremus Furmint Dry Mandolas

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Type of Wine White
Country Hungary
Region Tokaj
Appellation Tokaj (Appellation)
Winery Vega Sicilia
Vintage 2021
Grape Furmint
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2030
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Vega Sicilia Mandolas Furmint Dry is produced from hand-picked furmint grapes without the influence of botrytiscinerea from the Mandulás vineyard (formerly Mandolás). The wine is fermented in new oak barriques. After a month in its own yeast, it is crossed over and aged for another five months in new oak barrels from the surrounding forests. It is a very interesting wine due to the beautiful floral character, complemented by the beautiful, elegant fruit. The wine has good concentration and ends with nice refreshing acidity. Perfect to drink in its youth with lighter and refined dishes. After aging for 6 to 8 years, the wine evolves into a richer gastronomic accompaniment to classically sauced fish dishes. Very interesting and worth keeping. Suckling (92/100) writes about the 2021: "This is dry and flinty with waxed lemons, sliced apples, cream and beeswax. Medium- to full-bodied, crunchy and steady with vivid acidity cutting through, yet there is ripe fruit here and a creamy character...."

It is not unexpected that this wine is highly regarded. After the borders opened to foreign investors in Hungary, the Alvarez family, also known for Bodegas Vega Sicilia, purchased this winery in 1993. Oremus is one of the great old producers of Tokaj, descriptions have been found from the 14th century. The Alvarez family has spared no effort to turn this wonderful company into an absolute top producer. In 2003, Oremus was named Winery of the Year in Hungary. In addition to the classic large sweet Tokaj's, they also produce a dry white furmint that is not to be despised. This is characterized by strikingly complex fruit, liveliness and fine new wood notes.

Rated by Perswijn: Soft and lush, not completely dry, fine glass, soft, pear, hint of wax. The final rating is four out of five stars. It is expected that this Mandolas can easily undergo several years of bottle aging, during which the aromas will develop even further

In 1991, the Spanish Álvarez family, owner of the famous Vega Sicilia, started negotiations to take over the vineyards in Tokaj. In 1993 Vega Sicilia acquired the company and gave the vineyards the name 'Oremus'. 'Oremos' in Spanish means: 'Let us pray' and this is Oremus in Latin.

The history of the vineyards of this domain in Tokaj goes back to 1616 when Prince György Rákóczi acquired the vineyards of what is now called Oremus. In 1631, the Calvinist preacher Maté Szepsi Lackó first made a wine from grapes affected by botrytis. It became the first Aszú. In 1993, Vega Sicila acquired the company and renamed it 'Oremus'. A lot was invested in the renewal of the company and a technical team from Vega Sicilia ensured that - with respect for tradition - a high-quality wine was made. oremus

Oremus works exclusively with grapes from its own vineyards. There are 100 hectares of vineyards spread over 13 historic plots. The total vine of Tokaj covers 5000 hectares. Production is 100-150,000 bottles per year. Oremus produces three different wines: Oremus Tokaji Dry Mandolás, Oremus Late Harvest and Oremus Tokaji Aszú. Oremus wines are exported to 54 countries. The main customers are: the United States, Brazil, Scandinavia (Sweden and Finland), Switzerland, Spain and Japan. The four main grape varieties are furmint, hárslevelü, sárga muskotály and zéta. Zéta is a cross between furmint and bouvier.

Vega Sicilia now has five special domains in the group. Oremus plays a special role in this. They are wines with character and can be used gastronomically.

Vineyard for 2021 Vega Sicilia Oremus Furmint Dry Mandolas

The history of Vega Sicilia dates back to 1864 with an unprecedented revolutionary step for the time. In that year, Eloy Lecanda founded the winery and imported 18,000 cuttings of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and pinot noir from Bordeaux. He plants these cuttings on his father's finca, just east of Valladolid. A long education in barrique and wooden foeders follows. Only in 1915 did the domain itself bottle the first Valbuena and Vega Sicilia.

Vega Sicilia establishes its reputation for good in 1929 at the World Exhibition in Barcelona. There, the years 1917 and 1918 receive an award. From that moment on, the company expanded its image to its current, almost legendary dimensions.

In 1982 a new era dawned with the acquisition of the domain by the current owner, the Alvarez family. The new owner immediately starts an extensive program of investments in the vineyards and cellars, without affecting the unique character of Vega. In that year the D.O. Ribera del Duera set. After the successful acquisition of Vega Sicilia, the Alvarez family is considering further expansion. They look for the best terroirs and add a number of famous or promising wine regions to their property in a relatively short time.

This domain, the most famous in Spain, was founded by Eloy Lecanda in 1864. Throughout its history, the domain has belonged to various families, but has always preserved its uniqueness and class. It all started in 1848 when Don Toribio Lecanda, a Basque, helped Marqués de Valbuena out of financial difficulties by buying a 2000 ha property. When Don Eloy Lecanda inherited this domain from his father on July 22, 1859, he decided to do something with it. In 1864 he goes to Bordeaux and buys 18,000 vines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir. When he planted it on his Finca Vega Sicilia, it was an act of infatuation for many. After all, the domain mainly lived from cattle breeding, orchards and the sale and production of ceramics.
When the Lecanda family also got into financial difficulties, a new lender made its appearance: the Herrero family. 15 years later, Antonio Herrero Velázquez acquired the entire domain. In 1905, management of the domain came into the hands of Txomin Garramiola. This Basque actually worked for the Riojabodega Cosme Palacio. Since it was difficult for him to continue to supply wine to his customers in Bilbao due to the phyloxera - Bilbao was at that time the nerve center for Spanish wines, especially those of Rioja - he suggested to the sons of Antonio Herrero, who had been responsible since 1901 goods for the domain, to rent the bodega to him for a term of 10 years. Palacio took Txomin as a confidant, he would make the wine. The style of this wine would be in line with the wine that Cosme Palacio customers were used to, i.e. Rioja style: long aging in wood and bottling when the orders arrived, not before. The domain then listened to the name Bodegas de Lecanda.
When the lease expired in 1915 and the domain was renamed Hijos de Antonio Herrero, the 3 brothers were able to convince Txomin to stay on. After all, it was a matter of prestige that the wine would be made further. From 1915, Txomin was able to make its own wines, which no longer served to compensate for the shortage of Rioja at Cosme Palacio. This meant the birth of Vega Sicilia Unico and Valbuena.
At that time, the Herrero family moved in the highest Spanish circles of aristocracy and industrialists. The bodega was a heavily loss-making activity, but the other revenues from the Finca had to close this gap. It was never his intention to make Vega Sicilia a wine that would be commercialized. After all, the wine was not for sale… and only served as prestige for the Herrero family. The wine could only be bought with friendship and not with money. If someone wanted to buy a bottle without being friends with the Herreros, they asked a price that was out of all proportion at the time. This is how the myth of the most expensive wine in Spain was slowly born.

The wine enjoyed great success throughout Europe in the 1920s. In 1933 Txomin dies and in 1952 the domain is sold to Prodes, a seed factory. However, there was no longer the enthusiasm of the Herrero brothers. Until the arrival of Jesús Anadón, who remained the administrator of the domain until its sale to the current owners.
The sale to the Alvarez family in 1982 was the best thing that could have happened to Vega Sicilia. The family bought Finca Vega Sicilia as an investment - the Eulen family business is mainly engaged in industrial cleaning and security services and is one of Spain's largest groups of companies. They realized that the thread of evolution had to be picked up and have invested in this field ever since. Pablo Alvarez heads the group Vega Sicilia.
Since 1998, Xavier Ausas has been head of the technical staff as an oenologist. Today Vega Sicilia is more alive than ever!
Varieties

The entire domain covers 1000 ha. 250 ha of these are vineyards, divided among Tinto fino (200 ha), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. A meticulous system was introduced for viticulture whereby production can never exceed 22 hl/ha (max. 2 kg of grapes per stick). The grapes are never harvested below 13% alcohol. 2200 sticks per ha are planted. The oldest vines are used for the Unico, the others for the Valbuena. The latter also contains more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon, while the Unico is just the opposite.
The whole area has a clay-limestone soil, with some mixed zones and part alluvial with sandy soils and boulders (from the domain towards the Duero). The climate is continental with Atlantic influences. Little precipitation (never more than 500 mm). On average 2200 hours of sunshine. The proximity of the Duero ensures that the morning dew has a refreshing effect on the vineyards.

The secret of Vega Sicilia lies in a complex of factors:

- Quality of the soil
- Climate (micro and meso)
- Large percentage of very old sticks
- Very low yield, 8 to 20 hectoliters per hectare, depending on the year
- Very long aging in barrel
- Perfectionism in all aspects

 

 

More Information
Type of Wine White
Country Hungary
Region Tokaj
Appellation Tokaj (Appellation)
Winery Vega Sicilia
Grape Furmint
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 92
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Tense, White fruit
Drink moments Borrelen, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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