The Zsirai winery was created in 2005 by Csaba Zsirai. Today management of the estate is in the hands of sisters Petra and Kata Zsirai, who own approximately 15 hectares of vineyards. Their production includes both dry and sweet wine styles. Their vineyards in Villány, in the far south Pannon region, are planted to both indegenous and international grape varieties. One of their holdings on the extinct volcanic slopes of Somló in western Transdanubia previously belonged to the Abbey of Zirc. Their largest plot is planted primarily to Olaszrizling (Riesling), with additional plantings of Furmint, Juhfark, and Hárslevelű. The sisters have been moving towards organic certification for their vines, and all of their wines are vinified naturally.
The Zsirai Tokaji Hárslevelű is made from grapes hand harvested from the Mád Középhegy and Rátka Padihegy vineyards. Vinified with natural yeasts, it was aged 8 months in 220 liter Hungarian oak barrels.
Medium gold hued in the glass, on the nose the Zsirai Tokaji Hárslevelű displays vivid aromas of white peaches, plump lemons, ground pepper, and grass. On the palate it is medium bodied with tight acidity and lean minerality. Expressive and dry on the finish, it’s a nimbly refreshing white wine that you can enjoy with or without food.