Sabar-dűlő borház yearly wine tasting

Last weekend Sabar-dűlő borház organised a wine tasting for his partners and close friends. We were invited to taste the new 2016 vintages and later on taste back the older ones together with a cozy dinner at the winery.

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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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Sauska – Sárgamuskotály 2014

My tasting notes on a nice and dry Sárgamuskotály (Yellow Muscat) made by Sauska from the Tokaj region in South-West Hungary.

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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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Malatinszky Noblesse Merlot Rosé 2014

Hello everyone, today I will write a short article about an exceptionally good rosé wine I had over the weekend. Next Monday is my wedding anniversary and we’ve decided to open a bit more premium wines during the next week.

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Orsolya Pince – Leányka 2014

Spring has started so we changed our picks a bit, here at my house. Spring means flowers are in bloom, we have more hours of sunlight and (hopefully) have more sun to do these awesome wine tastings or just relaxing on the terrace.

Here today in Budapest as I am writing this article, we have a wonderful blue sky and temperatures are up to 18 in the sun.We also had a a great Easter weekend and I’ve got a small Easter gift of my wife. She managed to sneak away the three bottles of Kritinus wine we bought at VinCE and present them to me Sunday morning !

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Now to talk about the Leányka grape a bit, it’s not a French grape for sure. It originates from Romania and Moldavia. In Romania it is commonly found in Transylvania, a region where they speak mostly Hungarian although it officially belongs to Romania. So some elder people would argue that Leányka is actually a Hungarian grape as long time ago Transylvania belonged to Hungary. In Hungary the grape is commonly found in a region in the north called Eger. And it is obviously a white grape variety.

This specific Leányka is a 2014 vintage and was bottled in June 2015. It was fermented and aged in a 4 hecto liter barrel. The grapes come from the Sík-hegy vineyard, this vineyard was planted in 1963.

In the glass the wine is clear and has a pale lemon color with a medium intense clean nose.
In the nose there are minerals, I would dare to say a chalky nose with apples and little hints of hazelnut.

The wine is dry and has pretty low acids but a higher alcohol level (13%). The flavors are pretty consistent with the nose, although the apple dominates most of it. The finish is rather short.

The wine is perfect on its own or can be fitted with food (salads would rock with this ladies !)

Side information :

Winery : Orsolya Pince

Region : Eger (Ostoros), Hungary

Year : 2014

Type : White, 100% Leányka

Price : In hungary and Hungarian Forints, 2000 HUF, roughly 6.50 euros

Vineyards : Sík-hegy vineyard

Where to buy : At the cellar. Information can be found here