Besenyei vörös cuvée 2012

It has been some time since I have wrote something down here, time simply did not allow me to write as much as I wanted but this has changed again. After the Budapest wine festival I was convinced I should and will make time again to write, so here we are!

Today we will start with a red blend made by a wine maker I have met on the Bikavér challenge last spring. I was so impressed by his bikavérs that I decided to visit them in May and do a full wine tasting at their cellar.

My feelings about this winery only got a boost after tasting more of their wines and hearing their stories. Besenyei started in 2000 and has since then collected several medals and rewards for their wines! They have around 40 hectares of wine fields but cultivate only 37-38 hectares. Besenyei cultivates a lot of different types of grapes which I will list. The red/blue grapes are : the three bordeaux types ( Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon), Turán ( a grape that gives perfume and tannin to a cuvée (blend) it’s also very powerful on it’s own and can be very complex!), Portugieser (kékporto), kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch), blauburger (cross breed of kékfrankos and portugieser) and Menoir (also called Medoc Noir). The white grape list is much longer and some of the grapes are very unknown so I sum down a smaller list : Rajnai Rizling (Rhein Riesling), Olaszrizling (Welsh Riesling), Leányka, Ottonel Muscat, Tramini, Irsai Olivér and cserszegi fűszeres the last three grapes are known for their perfume and aromas. The winery is located in Andornaktálya, a village just to the south of the main city Eger in the wine region which is also called Eger!

Let us talk a bit about the wine itself, as said before it is a cuvée(blend) of three grapes. The dominant grape is Cabernet Sauvignon with 50% after that Kékfrankos with 30% and 20% merlot. I remember it was barrel aged but I can not remember how long it was exactly.

The color is purple, and has a clean medium intensive nose. U can smell a bit of eucalyptus, sour cherries and some raspberry jam. The wine is also medium intensive on the tongue with a little bit of tannin. I detected some oaky vanilla, sour cherry and cranberry and at the very end a bit of natural grass flavor. The wine is full bodied, you can feel the alcohol ( 14%) and the finish is also medium long.

It is my opinion to not drink this wine on its own like I did unless you are really ”hardcore”, it would fit very well with some heavier meat dishes like steak or roast beef. Also let the wine stand for a half an hour to an hour to let it breath, it will be much more pleasant to drink.

My score for this wine is 87, it is a great priced wine and you get a lot for that. The alcohol is a little bit off but not too much.

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!

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Pannonhalmi Apátsági – Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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 !

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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 !

Eszterbauer – Cefrinkó újbor Zweigelt 2015

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.

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The color of the wine in the glass.

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.

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Budapest, Hungary 5 April 2016

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 !

 

 

 

 

Sabar-dűlő borház – Olaszrizling “Mórocz” 2014

A white wine with a small story / Een witte wijn met een klein verhaal

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Béla és Bandi Sauvignon Blanc 2013

A Sauvignon Blanc even I like ! Een Sauvignon Blanc dat zelfs ik graag drink!

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