What’s your main criterion when browsing through a wine webshop? Mine is variety for sure. I was looking for Mourvedre/Monastrell wines when bumped into this Valencia red. It’s a blend actually (the other players are Arco, Forcayat del arco and Bonicaire), but turned out to be a good choice.
At the end of January I visited Szekszárd on the Southern part of the country. Together with Villány, it is the region making the ripest, more full-bodied reds of the country, based on mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – but in a different style than Bordeaux. There is generally a slight move away from overoaked, big reds in recent years, but what I tasted at the region’s most famous producer Heimann is something groundbraking.
A gift from my good friend Matthew Horkey of Exotic Wine Travel. He really knows my palate and as I know very little about Croatian wine he gave me a bottle that should set me on track. If expert recommendations would always work like this…
Kadarka rarely gets cheaper than the Schieber Trilógia 2018 from Szekszárd. That means 5-6 Euros on shelves. I wonder if it makes enough profit for them, considering that Kadarka is tricky to grow – the tiniest bit of rain around harvest time results in serious rot and loss of crop. One of its best producers, Heimann told me once that they do rigorous grape sorting to ensure quality, discarding half the crop on average.
Ten years ago I drank more Italian wines than in the period that followed that, and which was (and still is) dominated by French wines. Back then the noble grape of the South, Aglianico was one of my favourites, and recently I felt that it’s time to revisit the genre so I ordered a few bottles.
Bolyki is one of the most well known producers in Eger, and this is their special edition Kékfrankos, available only at cellar door. I would not be surprised if it would sell off quickly, just because of that pretty label. Continue reading →