The Edinburgh Wine Club 

 

From Bull’s Blood to the Wine of Kings. A Taste of Hungary.
September 17, 2015



WINE

GRAPE

ALC %

REGION

SUPPLIER

PRICE

NOTES/COMMENTS

RANKING 1-3, BEST VALUE

BEST WHITE

Laposa Kéknyelű 2014

Kéknyelű

Blue stalk”

12%

Badacsony

North Lake Balaton

Mephisto Wines

£13.49

Light, complex, minerally, clean & pure. Peaches & petrol on nose. Palate, melon, sour lychees or plums, minerals.


Laposa Juhfark 2013


Juhfark

(Sheep’s Tail)

13%

Somlo

Mephisto Wines

£13.49

Apple, rhubarb, honey and minerals and stone. V.dry, hint of smoke.


Laposa 4 Hegy

(4 hills)

2013

Olaszrisling

13.5%

Somlo, Badacsony & North Balaton hills

Mephisto Wines

£12.49

Dry, good acidity, sour cherry, hint of burnt banana, minerals. ? Hint of mint.


Nyakas

Irsai Olivér

2014

Irsai Olivér

11%

Etyek-Buda

Mephisto Wines

£9.99

Elderflower, lime, floral, suggestion of gewürztraminer, slightly pétillant. Very pleasant and drinkable.


Nyakas –

Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay

12%

Etyek-Buda

Mephisto Wines

£9.99

Lemon, tropical notes, floral. Apple, lime and mineral in mouth. Explodes with flavour, long finish. Met with very positive approval, particularly when the price was revealed.



Best Value

Béres Lőcse Furmint

2009

Furmint

14.5%

Tokaj

Mephisto Wines

£15

Grapefruit, peach on nose. Stone fruit, apricot, honey, spice and woodiness in mouth. Good minerality, and acidity.


Hars” Tokaj Nobilis

Barakonyi Vineyard

2013


Hárslevelű

14%

Tokaj

Mephisto Wines

£15.99

Hint of grass and elderflower on nose. Silky, well rounded wine. Honey, plums, minerals on palate. “Fighting to be sweet”. Very moreish. Stylish bottle and label.

Best White
2nd overall

Takler

Kadarka

2012


Kadarka

12%

Szekszárd

Mephisto Wines

£13

Beautiful light ruby colour. Red cherries, raspberry bubble-gum, cream soda, cranberry. Light tannins, tingling acidity.


Takler

Kékfrankos Reserve

2011

Kékfrankos


Szekszárd

Mephisto Wines

£20

Spicy and peppery, soft fruit on nose, soft tannins. Long, elegant (austere) finish.

Joint 3rd

Malatinszky “Pinot Bleu” 2007

Kékfrankos

Pinot Noir

13.5%

Villány

Mephisto Wines

£15

Berries, dried vine fruits and spice on nose, “like Christmas cake”. Rich and full on palate, elegant, some noted a vegetal component, complex and a “lovely wine”.

(Equal 4th with 5 pts.)

Takler

Bikavér Reserve

Bull’s Blood”

2009


Kékfrankos

Merlot

Cab. Sauvignon

Cab. Franc

Kadarka

Pinot Noir

Syrah

14.5%

Szekszárd

Mephisto Wines

£20

Nose slightly vegetal, like “garden rubbish”. Some red fruits and cedar on nose. Lovely palate, tastes of old raspberry jam, spice, sharpness, marzipan after taste. Long and very moreish. Comments on number of different grape varieties in the blend.

Joint 3rd

Bock Cuvée

2009

60%Cab.Sauvignon

30% Cab Franc

10% Merlot


Villány

Mephisto Wines

£34.99

Gentle, smooth, beautiful balance. Black currant, cherry, cedar wood, chocolate and a vanilla aftertaste. Comments of how well this Bordeaux blend works.

Best Wine (20pts)

Béres Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos

2007

Hárslevelű

Furmint


Tokaj

Mephisto Wines

£26.99

Beautiful colour. Nose of orange, pear and quince. Floral notes. Lovely on the palate. Apricot jam, some lemon, honey, vanilla and very smooth.

(Equal 4th with 5 pts.)

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