Eurobor is marketing its Tűzkő Riesling (Rajnai Rizling) under the brand of Renana (which also means Riesling).
The nose is full of grassy, spicy, floral notes with a good deal of a bit disturbing wet hay. On the palate lot of residual sugar and with virtually no acidity it’s really over the top. The palate also carries elements of fermented white fruits and a vinious undertone. In a few hours the wine blowns to bits.
Price: HUF 1212
Bright golden color, I expected darker, more brownish tone.
The nose is sulphuric with honey and floral notes of medium intensity (I expected more intense aromas).
On the palate it’s well structured, well integrated, nicely composed peanut butter and peanut with elegant acidity and nice, smooth texture. There’s a tiny bitterness of walnut too. I suspect high level of alcohol, a bit burning. Round wine with some residual sugar embedded into the nice acidity. The burned sugar finish is long and very pleasant.
With time, lot of caramel with burnt walnut on the palate and a touch of vanilla. The wine stretches in the whole mouth from the peak of the tongue to the back-end, filling it with a smooth, velvety sensation. The nose becomes more marzipan-vanilla after an hour.
It well worths the price.
Score: 7-, 7 points
Price: HUF 3 000
I accidentally run into a Ráspi Sauvignon Blanc 2007 the other day in what many would describe as one of Budapest’s top restaurants. Well, the nose was quite promising too, but then the first sip was like my brains being smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick – sensation-wise (copyright D.A.).
I’ve never experienced so much salty minerality so well integrated into the structure of a Sauvignon Blanc, well, of any white wine produced in Hungary. The wine shows outstanding harmony with very elegant, diamond-sharp acidity, elegant residual sugar (just a tiny bit) and extracts. The first sip was my best mouthful of wine for a long time and it was followed by similar ones for 90 minutes when we finished off the bottle with my wife.
So back to the beginning, the wine had bright pale golden color with light brassy reflexions. The palate showed a very well balanced, fresh, but not too young character full of minerality and a lot of salt. Great texture, great body (not too heavy) and a lovely citrus element – all this integrated into a never-ending finish.
Great palate with a wonderful balance and full of character. A very unique wine. Truly impressive from the vibrant entry to the endless finish. A must have item, even for Djungelvrål fans from Sweden or around the globe. I hereby announce it best buy champion since Dorombor this year (or maybe since forever).
Price: HUF 1 920 / EUR 7,5 (a huge best buy)
Following the white wines I’m going to share with you know my notes from the on-site tasting at the Bodri Pincészet.
Bodri – Kadarka, 2007
Very nice fig color! Slightly darker than a typical Kadarka.
The pleasant nose carries notes of cherry and sour cherry.
On the palate the medium tannic acidity is a bit too much for the small body, especially that no fruits can be found there. It has an unpleasant sherry-like finish. I can’t read the rest of my notes, I’m very sorry.
Score: 4+ points
Bodri – Pinot Noir, 2007
A brownish fig color.
Car-leather nose with cognac accent, quite elegant.
On the palate lot of cherry and velvety tannins with a brandy/Port-wine-like underpinning. The 13,5% alcohol is fine here.
Bodri – Bikavér, 2005
50% Kékfrankos, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5-5% Zweigelt and Kadarka make this Bikavér quite confusing, with dark color but a lively move. It’s a bit woody with nice, although deft tannins not yet smooth and with chalky leather and red beet elements on the palate. With time, tobacco too. The wine could have more body.
Score: 4 points
Bodri – Kékfrankos, 2006
Phosphoric nose, woody on the palate.
Bodri, Kékfrankos Szelekcio, 2004
Brick color with ruby accent. More elegant on the nose and on the palate too with smooth, almost oily tannins. Intense cherry, berry fruit and peppermint nose and alcohol (14%), medium body.
Score: 5, 6- points
Bodri – Optimus, 2006
This cuvéé (20% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a less intense, less fruity, instead smoky nose with some tobacco, leather and chocolate. More elegant than the Kékfrankos Selection. This full-bodied wine has smoother tannins.
Score: 6, 6- points
Bodri – Merlot, 2004
Bodri did not make Merlot in 2005 but he’s still got bottles left from 2004.
Pleasant nose. Full-bodied wine but a bit woody on the palate. Burning alcohol, along with residual sugar.
Score: 6 points
Arriving late in the evening at the Bodri Pincészet I couldn’t visit the vineyards spread on 11 hectares around their cellar at Szekszárd-Faluhely (they have another 14 elsewhere) but from what I could see I’m suspecting that the valley must be beautiful in the daylight. Visitors can also appreciate the spacious cellar built recently using 100-years old bricks. And István Bodri is fun to listen to, but prepare to get an overflow of information very quickly. No bullshit though.
The Bodris are very proud of the technology they use and its proofs are everywhere. They’re producing more white wines than their fellow Szekszárd winemakers which I appreciated. They’re very well known locally but not so much elsewhere.
We started with a white Kadarka from 2007. It couldn’t be more interesting.
It has medium-bright color between rose and onion peel. Quite unusual and nice.
The floral nose (acacia) makes is desirable too. Fresh, round acidity with some sour underpinning but it’s OK. Medium body, well balanced.
I like this experimental approach and this proves that Kadarka is suitable for this tentative. Well done.
Score: 4 points
The Sauvignon Blanc Szelekció (Selection) from 2007 has 13.7% alcohol. Szekszárd wines often have high alcohol but I don’t mind it when it comes with a nice body and a right level of acidity.
It’s almost totally translucent. The nose is wet grass, gooseberry and a good deal of bad egg. According to the winemaker, it was aged in new oak but that’s not obvious. It has a small body and long, a bit bitter finish with pineapple, pear and grapefruit elements.
Bodri Olaszrizling 2007 has a very pale bright color and a not very intense palate despite a larger body than the previous ones. It could have more acidity.
Rozi, the rosé has one of the best nose I had a chance to find in a Hungarian rosé, if not the best. Intense, but still light-weight strawberry and strawberry jam, elegant, perfume-y. And it’s definitely Kékfrankos. On the palate it’s more stewed cherry-like.
I forgot to give it a score then, now I would say at least 5-, 5.
Another Sauvignon Blanc, another Eurobor. This time I took one from the lower segment of the sortiment.
Bright golden color. It has a fresh grassy nose with a lavender undertone. The palate shows fresh, long, rustic acidity and an even longer bitterness. All very young and quite not integrated. This characteristic is accompanied by the scents and savor of lemon grass, mint and peppermint. The mediterranean spices (including thyme) are more present than any fruit.
Score: 4, 4-
Price: HUF 1338/ EUR 5
Medium pale golden color.
The nose carries notes of – not kidding – meat and chicken soup with nettle. Interesting. Very pleasant, and so is the aromatic floral action on the palate. Round, fresh acidity on both back-end sides of the tongue is supporting the residual sugar which is a little bit too much by the way. Later pineapple and salt join the game.
The finish is surprisingly short, even the acidity disappears quite quickly. Otherwise this would be a well-balanced, friendly fresh wine with well polished palate. It’s price’s between fair and a bit too much. And I don’t think you should leave this wine aging too old.
Score: 5+, 6-/10
Price: HUF: 2 940/EUR 12
The Mór wine festival accidentally falls onto the same days as the more prestigious Villány and Tokaj wine festivals. The less known event however attracted a crowd this saturday that completely filled the streets despite the chilly wind. Mór offered them a street music festival combined with a typical Hungarian country street event (i.e. tons of unhealthy food, vattacukor and usual market crap) with families of all ages from the surrounding cities and villages and, to my biggest surprise, foreign visitors. I’ve heard French and English words, besides the German spoken by a band marching the streets dressed like… whatever (I believe however that these musical events and football games provide you with a unique opportunity to see man of all ages feeling good in their long white socks showing off. Skirts are just an extra here).
Anyway, I had to drink very quickly because my wife’s been fluttering like the kocsonya (missing from the menu, btw, and it’s a Hungarian food if you would be wondering, basically cold pork bone soup with pork leg in it) so I had no opportunity to discover the rule(s) which drive people to one winery’s quiosque and make them completely ignore others.
The Information stand however had a middle-aged lady who not only distributed brochures but knew all of the winemakers I asked her about by nickname (I didn’t, so I had to double-check them). I still missed Pontica.
Due to the strong wind and a rush, my tasting notes are very short and quite unreliable.
Miklóscsabi – Utazótáska, 2007
This Királyleányka has pale bright color, round acidity and crab apple and pie character on the palate, completed with residual sugar leaving a fresh impression.
Score: 3+, 4-
Bozóky – Leányka, 2007
Pale, almost transparent color with greenish reflexions. Less intense with less bitterness and acidity, but overall a pleasant wine.
Bozóky – Cuvée, 2007
Pale yellow with greenish reflexions, just like the Királyleányka and other Bozóky wines to follow. Bozóky is considered a major winery in Mór but even their cellar is quite small. The old lady who took care of the visitors was very friendly and responsive considering that they attracted most of the visitors interested in a tour in a local cellar. I never quite understood though how can people enjoy a glass of wine in a crowded, smelly room. These notes were taken outside of the building.
So the Cuvée has a similar pale tone as the others. It’s smoother with less acidity but with a more intense nose and flavors.
Bozóky – Ezerjó, 2006
Pale yellow color. More elegant than the others but still with a quite short finish. Better structure and better integrated even with a mineral undertone and an appealing cabbage-like finish.
Miklóscsabi – Haramia Cuvée, 2007
This semi-dry Cuvée is made of Tramini, Leányka and Pinot Blanc. It’s full-bodied compared to the previous ones and this late harvest character is dominant until the finish. It has a distinctive pale-brassy color. The residual sugar is supported by nice, round acidity. It has better structure than the Bozóky wines. A velvet-vanilla undertone complete the overall nice sensation.
Score: 5 points
Maurus – Leányka, 2007
Medium-pale golden color and floral notes on the nose. Well balanced with medium body, round acidity and long finish.
I have to note here that the Maurus wines have very nice labels. And although only the Ezerjó is produced by Kamocsay (on a total of 0,7 hectares) the wines to follow somehow have a common stylish element.
Score: 4 points
Maurus – Sauvignon Blanc, 2007
Remarkably nice onion-brassy color and nice, round acidity.
Maurus – Rajnai Rizling, 2007
Pale yellow with green-apple reflexions. On the palate oaky-vanilla notes maybe a little bit over the top. On the palate fruity elements and some residual sugar are supported by medium acidity. It’s a nice riesling with a long finish.
Maurus – Ezerjó, 2007
Pale bright yellow. On the palate complex aromas of vanilla, oak and floral notes with gooseberry and acacia elements and round acidity. A little bit sweeter than it should be for a dry wine.
Maurus – Chardonnay
Elegant wine with some oaky vanilla and appealing bitter acidity and a tobacco-like undertone.
Score: 6 points
Dark ruby color with brick rim.
The berry fruit bouquet quickly disappears behind spices like white pepper, and a chalky accent.
On the palate woody, sour tannic texture. The bitterness is over the top to my taste. It’s like the winemaker was trying to battle the difficulties of the vintage with a lot of oak.
45 minutes of decanting opens it a little and brings some chocolate and leather elements to the nose.
I could appreciate the almost full body and the wine’s medium complexity but the incisive tannins wouldn’t let flavours really come through. The long, sour finish makes it very difficult indeed. 2 hours decanting and a very ripe cherry note makes it a bit more interesting.
This cuvée, maybe in a better vintage with some adjustments could be much much better. I’m looking forward to the 2006 but as of now, the 2005 is overpriced.
Score: 5 points
Price: appr. EUR 17
Who’s to blame if the wine clearly doesn’t deliver the expected quality: the winery, the retailer or the wine critics?
Olaszrizling is homeground for Légli Ottó so I wasn’t suspicious when I bought the bottle (20%, must be a bargain!) although I didn’t like the label (yes, it does count). I’ve always had a very positive attitude to Légli and I was really looking forward to a nice evening.
Lots of bubbles when uncorked and a pale golden tone in colour. It has a pleasant apple pie nose with cinnamon and some lemon accent.
On the palate a rather unpleasant sour acidity. Bitter but somewhat refreshing too. The wine is medium-thin with hardly noticeable fruits and minerality. The unripe apple isn’t sufficient to provide body to it. The wine doesn’t improve after an hour.
Score: 3- points
Price: HUF 2 300 (EUR 8,5 – retail)