This fabulous Decanter case put together for us by Malux Wines includes 1 bottle of each of the following wines:
- Frittmann irsai Oliver Oz Clarke 91 points. White wine. ‘Tremendous example of how to make a delicious juicy white glugger from an unfashionable grape variety in the unfashionable prairie of the Great Pannonian Plain: spritzy, cut with lemon zest, juicy with pear flesh, and just a hint of damped-down rose petal scent.’ OC.
- Szeremley Keknyelu 2006 Oz Clarke 93 points. White wine. ‘Fascinating wine from Kéknyelű, a truly original variety which was down to a single hectare at the end of the communist era. This is almost like an orange wine in style – metallic, mineral, with the chewiness of tamarind skins and dried herbs, an orange acidity, and a smokiness trailing after the bitterness of wood bark, all dallying with the soothing balm of limeleaf tea and honey.’ OC.
- Tuske Roze Liz Gabay MW 90 points. ( This was also The Independent’s best rose last year). ‘Pale salmon-pink. Appearances can be deceptive: this pale colour suggests delicate fruit, but this rosé is overflowing with ripe, but not jammy, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries. Holding the fruit together is fine blue-black minerality and long vibrant acidity. Not a weighty or complex rosé, but a lovely balance of fruit and mouth-watering freshness, ideal for summer drinking.’
- Vida Péter Bonsai Kadarka Caroline Gilby MW 95 points. Red wine. ‘Such a joyful light red wine from 100-year-old, organically-grown Kadarka vines so wizened they resemble bonsai trees. It’s a tricky grape to grow and almost disappeared in Hungary, but examples like this show why it’s quietly recovering ground. It has an inviting, ethereal aroma and lovely complexity with red berry, spice, and forest fruit, a hint of cedar and a graceful lingering finish.’ CG.
- Etyeki Kuria Pinot Noir Caroline Gilby MW 93 points. Red wine. The rolling limestone hills of the closest wine region to Budapest are great for some superbly elegant wines with fine acidity. This is proper Pinot Noir, thanks to a delicate hand in the winemaking, so just 30% new barrels for 10 months. It has a lovely inviting scent of raspberry, woodland berries, and a touch of violets, then elegant structure, fine fruit, and beautiful integration supported by a silky tannin backbone.’ CG.
- Pannonhalma Hemina red Oz Clarke 93 points. ‘The Benedictine monks were making wine on this hill south of the Danube in 996AD! The patron saint of The Vintners’ Company was born at the foot of the hill. But this is a brand new revival, based on Merlot and Cabernet Franc – powerful, earthy, packed with rich cherry fruit dusted with cocoa, yet with juicy acid and an appetizing gritty bitterness keeping it thrillingly fresh.’ OC.