Gál Tibor – Titi bikavér 2012

Hello again, today I will be talking about the 5th wine in the wine tasting.

This is a Bikavér, bulls blood in English and Bikavér is only allowed to be made in two wine regions, Szekszard and Eger. This one is made by Gál Tibor and comes from Eger. To read more about Gál Tibor, I would like to refer to my previous post which you can find here.

I will tell a bit more about the “term” Bikavér, or at least what I have been told by the winemakers in Eger. To use the name Bikavér you need to use at least 3 out of 13 grape varieties, those grapes are : Kadarka, Kékfrankos, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Blauer Portugieser(or short Portugieser), Menoire, Turán, Blauburger, Zweigelt and Bíborkadarka. To use the name “Bikavér Superior” you have to use at least 5 of the types above, the yield also has to be lower and last it has to age 12 months in a wooden barrel and another 6 in the bottle before it’s allowed to be sold.

So this wine falls in the category of Superior Bikavér, it was aged 18 months in the barrel and 6 in the bottle, it contains Kékfrankos, Kadarka, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Portugieser.

As for the tasting, it has a very nice dark ruby color and the nose is full of red fruits and little hints of the barrel, which I find rather unusual for a wine that aged 18 months on barrel. It’s a full bodied wine and has a very elegant taste, cherries would be the first fruit that jump to my mind when I taste it. It has very noble acids but they don’t overpower the wine. And again there was only light hints of the barrel in the taste.

Now for the price, I paid 2650 HUF, this is roughly 8,50 euros at the winery for this bottle. This bottle of wine can be found in every proper wine store in Hungary and will cost you between 2000-3000 HUF, 6,50-10 euros.

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