Csanyi Pinceszet Teleki Villányi Kékfrankos 2007 Wine Review
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|The vineyards (340 hectares) of Csányi Winery are located on the best slopes of the Villányi wine region. Zsigmond Teleki founded the original Csányi Winery, the Chateau Teleki Winery, in 1881. The name of Teleki, a supplier to the Imperial and Royal Court of Vienna, became world-famous for finding disease resistant varieties during the phylloxera epidemic that swept through Europe in the last 3rd of the 19th Century. Zsigmond Teleki was the first to identify certain varieties which proved to be resistant to this pest even in limestone soil, through experimentation in his own plantations.|
Villányi is the southern-most wine region of Hungary, with very favourable climatic conditions. It is at the same latitude as Bordeaux, and enjoys a sub-Mediterranean microclimate. The climate benefits from the ranges of the Villányi Mountain which shelters the area from the cold winds of the north. The warmth of the southern slopes is protected, and strengthened by the mild air from the Mediterranean. The River Drava provides moisture, and results in early morning dew leaving the vineyards fresh and strong even in the hot summer days. The dawn dew positively affects grape growing as it encourages the flying insects to assist in pollination.
The limestone mass of the Szársomlyo Mountain is covered by several metres of thick loess layers and it operates like a “giant tile stove”, absorbing warmth in the daytime and slowly releasing it back to the vines on cold nights. Annual rainfall is around 700 millimetres. The number of annual sunlit hours reaches 2100, and the average temperature of the vegetation period is 17.5o C, the highest in Hungary. An interesting geological phenomenon is the geothermic layers permeating hot waters which keep the roots of the vines warm from below.
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