Pressing Merlot, Palkonya, Hungary

Pressing Merlot

Pressing Merlot

Wow. I let more than a week slip by. In the mean time, I’ve been to two more wineries, but let me finish up with Haraszti Pince before I move on.

Being a small winery, this little auger-driven press is what they work with. As soon as a truck was full, János Jr. along with one of the winery employees headed back to the winery and started pressing. One would toss the grapes into the press while the other would keep them flowing smoothly through the auger (above), and collect the stems that the machine put out as an unwanted by-product (below).

Pressing Merlot, Teamwork

Pressing Merlot, Teamwork

From the press, a giant hose of goodness pumps the juice into a large holding tank, where the must rests for a few hours with the skins to get that gorgeous rosé color and hint of bitterness that makes the wine a little more interesting than white, but not as complex as reds generally are (you can probably see where my wine-tasting prejudices lie).

Pumping Merlot

Pumping Merlot

Tomorrow, a visit to Konyári Pince along the south shore of Lake Balaton.

 

 

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