red wine

Successes

At the begining of March was held the Vinalies Internationales, international wine competition  and Hungarian wines performed well in the contest.

The result is 9 gold, and 11 silver medal, and the best red was Tamás Dúzsi’s 2011 Görögszó who was the winemaker of the year in 2014. This is a heavenly perfect cuvée with cabernet sauvignon and franc. (Görögszó is the name of the wineyard, a nice part of the region, gives big wines for us)

Congratulations!

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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”

Paper bottle

I am a supporter of environmental protection, and I read with interest about Paperboy. However its practical side is doubtful considering the quality of the wine. Or just narrow-minded part of me say that…?

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“Paperboy is about as green as it’s possible to make a wine bottle. It’s made out of a compressed recycled paper, printed with natural inks and the inside contains a recyclable sleeve like you find in a box of wine. The bottles are rigid and strong – are even icebucket safe for three hours – and take only 15% of the energy that regular bottles take to produce. They weigh only an ounce when empty so save a huge amount of energy on shipping.”

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Photos from Paperboy’s homepage Stranger and Stranger.

Multi-dimensional cuvée from Eger

A pleasant opening of a foggy and unloved month is a fiery Merlot, Cabernet franc and Syrah blend. I got it as a present from a nice friend, and my father’s nameday was the appropriate time to open.
This red mystery takes us to a world full of autumn colors, spicy fragrances. Orsolya Winery from Eger wine region (Ostoros) produces wine in small batches and high quality. When I smell it is nice and hopeful, red aromas with liqueur, and in the tasting moment reminds me varied spicy and exciting red fruit flavours. The second sip opens up a new dimension with blackcurrant and caraway. I wonder what would it show one or two years later.

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Name: Százrejtekű
Year: 2009
Alcohol: 14%

Sauska on Decanter World Wine Awards!

What a pleasure to tell you this good news, that a red wine from Villány got a gold medal on Decanter World Wine Award! Exactly 2009 Sauska ‘Cuvee 5’ won the international trophy for best Red Bordeaux varietal over £15.

We already posted about Sauska winery earlier, about what an elegant style wines they have, and I am so glad that they were rewarded on international platform also! I hope that the beauties of this wine region will be more attention from now.

Let we see some info about the champion.

“A blend of Merlot (45%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Cabernet Franc (20%). Deep ruby color. Fresh red and black currants, violets, good milk chocolate and cocoa powder in the nose.On the palate, the 2009 Cuvee 5 expresses wonderful concentration of red forest fruit which has a subtle way of lingering into a long lasting finish.” (sauska.hu)

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Point of wine

When I first saw Sauska Winery’s logo, my first impression was the James Bond gun barrel. It may seem like a fool idea, moreover I am not even a big fan of 007. I know already since then, that the “holy” label, and the “point” on the top of the capsule shows the Sauska clean and simple design and quality, not only on the skin. My imagination wasn’t so much wrong because Sauska style is elegant, many-sided and patriotic-international at the same time… like the spy.

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They have vineyards on Tokaj and Villány wine regions also. The two area have completely different properties, climate and grape varieties. That’s why Sauska has wide range of excellent white, rosé, siller and red wines. Beside tradtional varieties they focus on global vines also, as they say to represent the terroir. That was the most interesting for me, because I prefer the Hungarian types in our wine regions. In Tokaj not so many winemaker work with global varieties, which is not surprising. This is one of the oldest, and the famous region with historical traditions, and with regulation which doesn’t alowed global varieties as “Tokaj wine” to trade. I think this is all right, we have to save our world heritage, but it’s a special aspiration to try new things.

On Tuesday I was in a Sauska wine tasting, in Most-Jelen Winebar, and we met the Cuvée 113 from Tokaj.
This wine is a novel blend of the local and global vines. Furmint, Hárslevelű and Yellow Muscat are the locals who got partners as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. At the tasting said that the company’s aim to get closer the colorful world of Tokaj to foreigners using these French varieties. I have to agree with this, because in my experience, the fact that many foreigners, who aren’t familiar with local wines not dare to take it off the shelf. This cuvée is interesting and thought-provoking. Nice wine, with Tokaj style and something new, and I like a little wood in it (And yes, I know too much barrel is not popular today, but my taste buds don’t know it!)

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Red wines, and Sauska in Villány wine region deserve a new post next time, with more “Bond logo-like” labels.