100% kékfrankos (a.k.a. blaufrankisch) rose is often somewhat one dimensional and rustic (angular, sharp), but not this one. What a pleasant surprise!
Kiss Gábor is a well-known Villány producer, but he operates on a lesser scale then big names like Gere or Bock. What I tasted from him in the past did not make me a fan, but his 2022 reds are a completely different story. I liked his cabernet franc quite a lot so I bought a bottle of his entry level Rouge 364, and it’s actually almost as good its pricier brother.
My pick from the Silvia Heinrich range is the entry level blaufrankisch. The more expensive ones are a bit too oaky for me (my common complain about Burgenland reds), but this is lovely.
Besides Dorli Muhr, we also visited another highly regarded Austrian producer a month ago, Weingut Prieler. It was another great experience, I was amazed by the hospitality and kindness of our host, Georg Prieler. Also, the wines looked really good at the winery, and I can say that I found their Johanneshöhe just as convincing when opened a bottle at home.
Villány is probably still the most famous red wine region in Hungary. It’s not the most innovative, one could add, though. But here is a red which I would label as new wave, and it’s quite nice.
An Austrian red to impress. Continue reading
Takler, one of Hungary’s biggest name in red wines has been improving in recent years. Less oak, more freshness and definition. I like the results. Continue reading
The most well-known Hungarian nouveau style red. I cannot remember a poor release, and the 2022 again delivers.