A Hungarian white wine that can age – St. Andrea Örökké 2013

From the aged Hungarian whites I opened in recent months from my wine fridge, this one from St. Andrea proved to be the best. Eger is not a wine region known from its white wines so this came as a surprise.

A blend of Olaszrizling (Welschriesling), Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Blanc, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. This does not even tastes like a Hungarian wine – I’m sorry to say but it’s too well made for that. Given blind I would guess a Sauvignon Blanc blend from New Zealand or South Africa, such is the precision here. Developing nicely, still shows freshness, as well as depth. Yellow fruits, a bit of passion fruit, backed up with fine nutty notes. Seamless, well integrated palate, full of flavor. There is some creamy fullness to it, balanced with great acidity. Just a bit of phenolic grip on the finish, but it’s so finely crafted and balanced, pure pleasure.

Rating: very good to great, outstanding in it’s class (10/10); 89 points on the absolute 100p scale.
Price: was about 12€.
Stockist: Bortársaság.
Tasted: October, 2020.
Value: great. I should check the currently running vintage (2018).
Drinking window: now-2023.
Source: own purchase.