Wine tasting

Wine and Botanical Garden

Last weeks the Carpathian Basin was transformed to a hot cabin, with 38-40 dergree and we try to cool ourselves nearby water…

Lake Balaton is the “Hungarian Sea” which is one of the best place for that purpose. So we start our tour on the north coast, and between swimming and sunbathing, visited some biological and gastronomy attractions. Folly Botanical Garden is a fourth generation arboretum, and winery also, on Badacsonyörs. Badacsony is the wine region, what about i write in earlier posts. Vulcanic soil, special microclimate because of the lake, and tradtional varieties! On the pics you see a light white wine, called Budai zöld (local variety) what is gift for the visitors. On the background is the vineyard from which it comes. The wine is elegant, definite, but enough light in the hot Sunday afternoon.

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Huge cedars, the air is filled with resin scent, the sound of cicadas and the view is amazing.

Can not miss nature lovers from bucket list!

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Mood and wine pairing

Because of the mood of late spring time, when I see how green and lush the nature is, I think of the painters who can faithfully illustrate this kind of mood. Yesterday I saw an air balloon, and I remembered a painting of Szinyei Merse Pál – one of the Hungarian painter geniuses. And why not celebrate this masterpiece with a beautiful liquid masterpiece?

Pál Szinyei Merse – Balloon (Szinyei Merse Pál – Léghajó)

From my window yesterday

The wine is gold with linden honey fragrance, with flowers…  I can’t stop smell it. The taste is creamy and friuty, like you put into your mouth the whole May nature. Beautiful and airy! For that very reason come it to my mind when i see the balloon. Csendes Dűlő Wine Estate is in Badacsony wine region, located in the North coast of Lake Balaton. I love the style of them, friendly family winery, nice wines naturally without frills.

Csendes Dűlő Wine Estate – Hárslevelű 2012 (Photo by Molnár Júlia Dóra http://www.csendes-dulo.hu)

 

One wine – multiple perspectives

These month are the time of wine regions’ wine competitions. In the last few weeks I took part of some of them and it was so instructive for me, and not just the wine, but the attitude of the judges.

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One of the difference in the reviews was the use of the barrel, and therefore the style of the wine. Some homegrown variety lose its characteristic by the wood, or could not show the terroir. In Hungary we can taste wines which go agains the trends, and not just the light, easydrink and young ones, and I think it is good!

Next month Winelli started a survey, to measure how wine consumer think about it. Coming soon for details!

Vividly soft

…yes, this is our smallest wine region. Somló Hill is a volcanic butte (wittness hill) stands lonely on the plain. At the moment we do not care how big or how small is this because the point is that especial white beauties comes from Somló’s grapevines. I love these typical powerful acid rich whites, but not like in riesling from Germany, rather specific mineral style. Must try.

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Wine: Somlói Juhfark Aszú

Winery: Somlói Apátsági Pince

The variety is Juhfark (related to this wine region) and the wine is an Aszú, made from botrytis berries. I got it as a gift, and it may seem strange I have no information about sugar, acid, alcohol rates. During tasting only thing I want to know, how can I take more bottles.

Fragrance is complex, more sensual than Juhfark usually (because this variety is not the easy understand type) like linden honey, pretty sweet but not ultra sweet scent, I love it. Taste is wonderful, acid and sugar in absolutely perfect harmony, pampers silky my tongue. Nice symphony. Juhfark is the strong male personality, which get a graceful shape, and the result is so charming…

You have to come and taste, it is a rarity, real gift of nature.

 

 

My favourite red Cuvée of the year

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A beauty from Eger: Kisfiam Cuvée 2011 from Bukolyi Family Estate.

Winemaker is the young Marcell Bukolyi, a purposful personality, who makes natural wines, on the best vineyards of Eger wine region. His father László Bukolyi was also a key member of the region’s wine life. They have a nice family estate, there are no huge quantities, just the suitable for the high quality.
I was lucky because Marcell said only a few bottle left of this vintage. After I tasted the wine, I read a recommendation – which was published in 2012 – and I found that it went through many changes over two years. Perfect tannin structure, nice eger style acids, scent – as the taste also – spicy and rich fruity. Maybe the reason why it was overwhelming for me, is that at summertime I wish fruity and a little bit sweet flavors. It gave me this wealth, with pruriency, temtation, and I am curious about the 2013 vintage, which is currently on the shelfs.

Varieties: Kékfrankos, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 15%
Oh and Kisfiam means “My little son”