January tasting: Furmints of Hungary

Last Saturday we had our monthly wine tasting, the theme this time was the Hungarian grape Furmint.

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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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Orsolya Pince vertical tasting

Hello everyone, many apologies for the huge delays ! Today I will indulge you about the wonders of the Olaszrizling  from the wine region of Eger, how different the vintages can be and how surprisingly well the grape can age !

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Kékfrankos tasting by Wonderfultasting

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.

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The tasting :

Dúzsi Tamás Kékfrankos rosé 2015.JPGDúzsi 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.

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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 - Öröm Kékfrankos rosé 2014.JPG 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Yet another Orsolya Pince wine; Abrakadabra 2008

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.

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Yes there is Belgian Leffe Ruby in the background ! 🙂

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).

 

 

 

Wine and cheese on a Saturday afternoon

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.

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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.

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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 !