After drinking through really bad samples to write about, I finally found a really fitting one from Transylvania, Romania!
In less than 14 days VinCE will kick off its 7th edition of the ”VinCE Budapest Wine show” There is a little surprise in the article for those who wish to attend and still did not buy a ticket!
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.
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!
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.
One of the best wine shows I’ve attended in my life.