Tuesday I was invited by Hanna Kigyos of WineSofa for a private wine tasting in a wine bar called Andante Borpatika (the last word meaning wine pharmacy). The wines we tasted that afternoon were made by Schieber Pincészet a winery established in 1978 as a family enterprise in the sunny wine region Szekszárd.
What a blast this tasting was ! The guests and friends were just awesome to spend time with ! We had great weather until about 18:00 when it started to rain lightly, luckily enough we were protected from the rain on my terrace.
We had dozen of snacks, including some real French goat cheeses, salami and freshly made pastries with delicious fillings made by our guests.
The tasting :
Dúzsi Tamás kékfrankos rosé 2015 : A must have rosé if you are talking about kékfrankos, Dúzsi is famous across whole Hungary for his rosé made out of kékfrankos.
Medium intense clean nose with red fruits, the same goes for the flavor. It’s an easy drinking wine with balanced acids and alcohol.
Tank fermentation only.
My score :85, your typical rosé with a fruity twist.
Sabar Kékfrankos 2014 : My first encounter with a rosé that was older than one vintage. As said in previous articles, Sabar proved its very much possible to make a rosé that can stay in bottle for a bit.
Medium intense clean nose, with minerals and red fruits. It is my opinion that the mineral soil of the region is very much reflecting in the flavor, which makes this rosé very unique. Good balance in acids and alcohol. Tank fermented wine.
My score : 85 as well, completely different wine from the first tho, in some sense a bit more complex.
Eszterbauer Kékfrankos rosé 2014 : Another great wine made by Eszterbauer, Örom means joy in Hungarian. On the label you can see the grandparents of János Esterbauer (the winery owner) they are full of joy after a successful harvest.
Medium intense clean nose, with spices, dark cherry, raspberry and minerals. The wine was well balanced on the tongue and represented minerals, raspberry and dark cherry. Medium finish. Would fit sea fish very well in my opinion. Tank fermented wine.
My Score: 80, I think it lost a bit of its touch in the bottle.
Heimann Fuxli Siller 2014 : This siller is not made out of pure kékfrankos, but it’s a cuvée of Portugieser, Kadarka and Kékfrankos. For many of my guests this is something completely strange or new because its color. The color is something in between red and rosé, depending on the maker it hangs more to the on or the other. It can also be more fruity or more spicy.
Siller was originally made by kadarka. one to two days after the harvest, they removed some of the liquid must in the fermentation to increase the skin ratio and give this darker then rose but lighter then red colour. Today the use different grapes but with the same method.
Medium + intensive clean nose; with spices with red fruits tart. The wine was from 2014 and it is in my opinion that siller gains a lot of elegance by sitting in the bottle for at least 6 months. The alcohol and acids were very balanced and there were light tannins on the background. Bit of pepper, cloves and raspberry tart on the tongue. Medium long finish.
Fitted perfect with our roquefort.
My score : 86, this was really my style of wine and I think was well balanced.
Pfneiszl Kékfrankos 2013 : The first of three reds, a light one but a great next level after the siller. This wine was picked last minute after I wasn’t satisfied with my previous pick. I unfortunately know almost nothing about the winery, but their wines are definitely worth mentioning and got my attention when I tried of their cuvées on new years evening two years ago.
Medium intensive clean nose, young red fruits like raspberry, strawberry and bit of sour cherry, you can also detect a bit of minerals in the nose. Good balance again in acids and alcohol with light tannins, the flavor is light to medium intense and it brings back those red fruits with a bit of minerals and cinnamon. Easy drinking wine that you could enjoy on its own as well.
Orsolya Pince Kékfrankos 2013 : A kékfrankos from one of my favorite wineries in Hungary and the absolute winner of the tasting. This wine only showed part of it’s great potential and will only get better in the next years, said this I feel extremely satisfied I bought more of it to let it age. 2013 was a great year for red wines, they had very ripe fruits they got 450 liters out of 0,4 hectares. Was aged in two barrles of 225 liters, one was a new Hungarian barrel medium toasted and the other one was a used barrel. Aged for almost two years. I tasted this wine roughly 4 months before bottling and it already was showing potential but had to stay in just a bit longer.
Clean and medium + intensive nose and deep ruby color, dark cherry’s and raspberry tarts, marzipan and spices. The acids, alcohol and tannins are in perfect harmony already and on the tongue its like eating one of my favorite red fruit marzipan cakes, an absolute killer wine ! My guests were asking where the steak was that fitted with this ! The finish was medium to long and the marzipan stayed with you for quite some time.
My score : 92 with great potential to become an extremely good wine.
Weninger (Burgenland) Kirchholz Alte Reben Blaufränkisch 2013 : My surprise wine for my guests, a kékfrankos from just across the border. Weninger is famous for his great kékfrankos from Sopron in Hungary, what some don’t know is that they also have a winery just across the border in Burgenland. The elder Franz Weninger takes care of the winery there, a delightful man to talk to as well ! This Blaufränkisch was up for tasting in lasts year Mitiszol a tasting for bio dynamic wines. This is a single vineyard wine, the vines are over 40 years old. It was hand harvested, and aged in 500 liter barrels after two weeks of maceration, spontaneous fermentation. Was bottled in march 2015 and there were only 5800 bottles. The Kirchholz vineyard top layer is interspersed up to half a meter with sandy pebbles and partly mixed with coarse gravel. The subsoil resembles clay and loam.
A clean and medium + intensive nose with hints of nature (leafs, grass, hay) some sour cherry, ripe raspberry and tobacco. Well balanced alcohol and acids with elegant tannins, very ripe red fruits with dark cherry, prunes and tobacco (was just like a smoked a cigar). An excellent wine and was my personal favorite together with the Orsolya Pince.
My score : 92, I can only imagine how this wine will be with a bit of more ageing in the bottle.
A special thank you to everyone that attended this awesome tasting, next month we are organizing a vertical tasting of Orsolya Pince – Olaszrizling. PM me on social media or send me a mail if you would like to attend.
Hello everyone ! Unfortunately no article about my Ruppert tasting at Morgan Stanley, something came up last minute and I could not attend. However I was at a Matra (wine region of Hungary) wine tasting yesterday and will write something about that next week !
I will tell you a few words about the wine maker, which is actually an abbey.
“On the Sacred Mount of Pannonia, in today’s Pannonhalma, the Benedictines, settles in 996, revived the region’s grape and wine culture at the same time their monastery was build”
Today the Abbey Winery vineyards cover over fifty hectares, covering all sorts of local grapes and international grapes. The Olaszrizling and Királyleányka which are a few of the local grapes created the distinct Abbey Winery Image. The internation grape varieties like Sauvignon blanc and Pinot noir were planted due to foreign tourism and the long-term prospects of the grapes.
A more detailed article with pictures and the full story will be published later this year !
Lets talk wine !
Sauvignon Blanc was the big winner in winery for the 2014 vintage. The wine was made in a reductive way, so the wine did not touch any barrels ! There is also some residual sugar in this one.
Has a light yellow color with green shines through it. A clean and medium intense nose with elder flower, citrus fruits, grape fruits and green apple.
The alcohol and acids are well balanced and the wine is medium intensive. Little hints of elder flower and grape fruit. The finish is medium long although I could still taste an elegant flavor of grape fruit long after.
I popped this open for my wife, which is a vivid Sauvignon Blanc lover after she helped me doing a stock check of the wines. The wine is perfect on its own but can also be combined with a nice spring salad or some young cheese.
Side information about the wine :
Winery : Pannonhalmi Apátsági
Region : Pannonhalma, Hungary
Year : 2014
Type : White, single grape variety of Sauvignon Blanc
Price : I paid 2200 Forints, roughly 7,50 euros
Vineyards : Tavaszó and Széldomb vineyards
Where to buy : Last bottles got sold out some time ago. However you can find the 2015 vintage in Bortársaság (www.bortársaság.hu) for the same price.
Score : 85 points, a good standard Sauvignon Blanc.
Tomorrow Wonderfultasting has his first organised wine tasting for the readers, it will be a kékfrankos wine tasting with 6 + 1 surprise wine. Expect a good article around Sunday or Monday !
Everyone have a great and sunny weekend !
As promised I would write about another interesting Orsolya Pince wine today with as fantasy name Abrakadabra. This wine is a white grape cuvée made out of 34% Olaszrizling (Welschriesling), 28% Chardonnay, 26% of the famous Leányka (the grape I’ve been talking about in the past two entries) and 12% Viognier. The Olaszrizling was harvested very ripe.
Yet another fascinating wine label, and a golden yellow color in the glass.
A clean and medium intensive yet complex nose with oak and honey. You can feel the higher alcohol (15%) in the nose. The wine was fermented and aged in barrel.
The flavor is creamy and oaky with honey and ripe apples. here you can feel the over ripe Olaszrizling being very dominant. You also can feel the higher alcohol in the flavor.
The wine has a medium finish.
I combined this wine with an Indian dish and although I am of the opinion that Indian and alcohol don’t fit together this was a pretty good match. I think this would be great with some Asian dishes as well.
Side information about the wine :
Winery : Orsolya Pince
Region : Eger, Hungary
Year : 2008
Type : White, cuvée made of Olaszrizling (Welschriesling), Chardonnay, Leányka and Viognier.
Price : I paid 3240 Hungarian forints for it, roughly 11 euros.
Vineyards : No information found.
Where to buy : Last bottles got sold out some time ago. However you can find the 2015 vintage in Bortársaság (www.bortársaság.hu)
Tomorrow I am at an exclusive tasting in Morgan Stanley with Ruppert from Villány. I will write a short article about it on Thursday and might have another article on Friday about a random wine I will drink (Most likely Pannonhalma – Sauvignon Blanc 2014).
Hello everyone ! The weather in Hungary is just to die for, we got full sunshine and in the middle of the day the temperature can go up as much as 30 degrees Celsius !
I love sitting on our terrace so we decided to go to Spar and bought ourselves some good quality cheese and made a small cheese and cold meat platter. As for the wine I picked an older white wine, Orsolya Pince – Sik Hegy Leányka 2006. Which was a great addition to the food, more mature and a more complex wine.
The cheese and meat platter was made out of, mini mozzarella balls with home made green pesto, normal brie, brie with green pepper and brie with walnuts, Oud Amsterdam, cheese with truffle, blue cheese and some soft light cheese with herbs. As for the meat we had Mortadella, oven baked pork loin with garlic and Hungarian salami. This together with some butter and small slices of Kifli (Sort of Hungarian bread) and it was heaven on earth for me !
Now a few words about the wine, it is another wine from Orsolya Pince, simply because I’ve got so many bottles of them and they are a very good winery ! This is one of the oldest I bought last year and I remember that the pair of this bottle was tainted already so it was a bit of a gamble.
Pay closer attention to the label, it is absolutely stunning ! After you did that have a look at the color of the wine, it’s golden yellow which usually indicates age in a white wine.
A clean and very intensive nose, honey with linden, apricot jam, salty caramel and flowers.
A good balanced flavor that represents the nose, acids and alcohol quite well with a medium long finish. There was a little sweetness in the flavor which fitted very well with our cheeses.
The leányka grapes were the second harvest from the Sik-Hegy vineyard which Orsolya Pince bought in 2005. The vineyard dates back all the way to 1963.
The wine fits perfect with cheese !
Tomorrow I will publish another article about an Orsolya Pince wine, so make sure to check back !
Side information about the wine :
Winery : Orsolya Pince
Region : Eger, Hungary
Year : 2006
Type : White, 100% Leányka
Price : I paid 3000 Hungarian forints for it, roughly 10 euros.
Vineyards : Sik-Hegy, started to be used in 1963 and was bought by Orsolya Pince in 2005
Where to buy : http://www.kezmuvesborok.hu/ (Site is in Hungarian, I can help you order if you are interested in this wine, just drop me a comment here or pm me on facebook and I will be happy to help you !
The winery Eszterbauer did it again ! They’ve managed to make a wine that is excellent in quality and extremely well priced.
This wine, what is it? The color is so strange to my readers outside Hungary, it is a “shade” between red and rosé. My first question was, is this siller? If not should it be drank cold or warm? After taking a closer look to the bottle it said dry red wine, yet I find this wine extremely good while drinking it cold, like a rosé.
As mentioned earlier in my blog, the Zweigelt grape is a harder grape to work with because it’s very sensitive like the Kadarka. If you make a single grape wine out of bad quality, under-/overripe Zweigelt then it will be very bad.
This is a “Újbor” translated it means “new wine”, after doing a bit of research on the name I came to the conclusion that it actually means the wine should be drank within half a year of it’s release. I think this wine will be good till the start of the summer.
This is not an ageing wine, if you buy it drink it soon !
The meaning of Cefrinkó, this is translated from the back of the bottle ” Cefrinkó is an old folklore expression, which meant lively,playful. It is also related to the word “Vinko” which was the name of the light, fruity wine. Aged wines are the top of the quality hierarchy, but after it’s born, the wine has such unique aromas, that our ancestors enjoyed it just as much as today’s consumer around the day of Márton.
Meaning of Márton nap/ St. Martin’s day : November 11th is St. Martin’s Day in Hungary (Márton nap), a traditional feast day celebrated by tasting the new wine and eating geese. This day falls right around the time when the geese born in the spring and early summer gain their necessary weight and are ready to be slaughtered. It is also the time when the first new wines are opened after the season’s grape harvest, making it a perfect pairing for the St. Martin’s Day festivities.
As mentioned above, the color is not common to your regular red or rosé wine. It’s very similar to siller wines. For those who do not know what a siller wine is I have good news, March and April are the siller months in Hungary and I will be writing a lot more about them in the next entries so make sure you come back !
The nose is clean and medium intense but full of fresh red fruits with a very sweet and pleasant strawberry dominance, there is some spice on the background but it’s rather minor. What I found very important is that the wine is not over cooled like champagne is. 10 degrees will do just fine, 5 is to low. The flavors will be gone and so will the smell.
The palate is low in acids, tannins has a light body. You can find red fruits again, strawberry, raspberry and a bit of cranberry with very tiny bit of spices like mild white pepper, and a short finish at the end.
This wine is perfect to drink on the terrace on its own, if you want that easy going drinking of a rosé wine with a bit more complexity of a fresh red wine then this is your pick ! This is for sale in Spar in Hungary for less than 900 HUF (3 euros). Keep in mind to drink it soon, this is not an ageing wine !
Also, if possible drink the wine within the day maximum two, the taste and flavors die off quickly.
As promised to some of my readers I would post what weather it is in Budapest, Hungary the moment I write the articles. I am sitting outside with the last glass of this wine, its probably around 20 degrees Celsius already.
Side information :
Winery : Eszterbauer
Region : Szekszárd, Hungary
Year : 2015
Type : Red, 100% Zweigelt
Price : 750 Hungarian forints, roughly 2.50 euros
Vineyards : Unknown
Where to buy : I bought it in Spar in Hungary, they have an amazing wine selection !