St. Andrea – Áldás 2013

Hello everyone! I think it is time for me to pick up the pace again and start writing some wine stuff! For the past two months I’ve been busy getting through my theory exam for the car and I can tell you the translations are worse than bad. I am also organizing a wine tasting with my partner in crime Katalin for 35 persons in September so that requires a lot of my attention!

Today we will start off with a rather famous wine or shall i say winery? St. Andrea is known and respected across the world, they make very elegant and complex wines under the lead of Dr. Lőrincz György, which left a very humble and kind impression on me when I met him. Some time ago, his son ifj. (junior) Lőrincz György joined the team after being abroad and learning the tricks of the trades in New Zealand.

St. Andrea has impressed me since I’ve started drinking Hungarian wines, 5 years ago. It all started with their Napbor ( Sun/Day wine) a white cuvée which represented the typical grapes from Eger in a elegant yet complex blend. I was sold and fell in love with St. Andrea right after!

Aldás 2013

Today we will be talking about a red wine, a classic Egri bikavér (bull’s blood). A typical blend in the wine regions Eger and Szekszárd, to use the name ‘Classicus’ the blend must contain at least three varieties with a minimum of 5% of the blend but they can not be over 50% and the highest variety has to be kékfrankos. It’s also not allowed to have more than 10% Turán or Biborkadarka in the wine and it has to be aged for at least 6 months in barrel and another year in bottle.

The blend is made of Kékfrankos, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Blauburger ( Portugieser x Kékfrankos) and Syrah.

The wine has a dark ruby/purple color.
The nose is clean and medium intensive, I detect fruits, spice and a little pine in the nose.
The flavor is light to medium intensive with elegant and soft tannins, black fruits, black cherry and very light hints of wood. A very well balanced wine.

I paired this wine with a steak and fries and it was a perfect fit in my opinion.

Side information about the wine :

Winery : St. Andrea

Year : 2013

Type : Red, Bikavér (Bull’s blood) Kékfrankos, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Blauburger and Syrah

Vineyards : Not specified, multiple

Where to buy : Bortársaság, at the winery, qwine

Price : Costed me personally 2000 Hungarian Forints but the retail price is 3000-3500 Hungarian Forint which is 10-12 euros.

Score : 93 points, I think that this wine is perfect to drink now or in the next 12 months. It has a lot of fruit with a little hidden complexity!

 

On August the 27th I will host another wine tasting, this time we will talk about Pinot Noir. Because someone had to cancel we have a few spots open again! Send me a message on social media or post a comment here if you would like more details.

 

 

 

 

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