A nice little red from the Hungarian grape Kékfrankos. It has a pretty nose of ripe cherry, raspberry and a hint of spice. It’s a smooth and flavourful wine on the palate with ripe red fruits, soft tannins and integrated tannins. Great value!
A very serviceable, food-friendly wine. Straw-coloured with a spicy apricot nose lifted with a floral note; medium-bodied, off-dry, herbal, minerally flavour finishing with a dried apricot flavour.
Located in Tokaji-Hegyalja in northeastern Hungary, the Megyer estate was classified as “First Growth” in 1772 by royal decree. Furmint, so often associated with the legendary long-lived Tokaji dessert wines, is capable of making complex, bone-dry, phenolic, mineral-laden and herbal dry white wines, which is certainly the case here. Hay, salted lemon, green fig, pear skin, green apple blossom, wild herbs and broken stone fill the medium-bodied frame. 8 months in stainless steel preserve the freshness, while a thin cushion of oil-slicked lees provides grounding. A striking intro to dry furmint and a brilliant value too.
Very pale. Shy nose with ripe fruity notes and a hint of petrol. Expressive on the palate, light body, good balance and a nice fruity taste. Good quality and an unbeatable price.
Hungary continues to turn out some cheap, yet well-made, wines that deserve our attention. This SB shows tropical fruits, gooseberry and melon on the nose. Those ripe fruits are lifted by racy acidity and clean flavours through the finish. Serve with summer salads and white fish.
Yes, a $12 bubbly. Why is it in the notes? Because it’s delicious and it’s also cheap. We need inexpensive sparklers for everyday drinking and I would happily free-pour this Hungarian bubbly, made with Chardonnay, Rhenish Riesling, Királyleányka and Pinot Noir, for anyone who enters my house. It’s fruity with citrus-orange notes, toast and a vigorous bead of bubbles that are sustained in the glass. This is a nice, friendly sparkler with a flinty-floral note on the finish. Not every sparkling wine needs to bust your wallet.