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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Hungary

Winner Details

Hungary

The number of Golds might not have changed much over the past few years, but the number of entries and medals is growing nicely here. Make no mistake, Hungary is starting to build some serious momentum in SWA.

The whites were the most successful style again this year, with our tasters enjoying the variety of Furmints on offer – from brisk and mineral through to richer and oakier, though there seemed to be an ‘oak ceiling’ after which the grape lost its character and just became a vehicle for the wood. Those entries rarely got past the first round of judging – something the country’s winemakers need to be wary of.

But though our only two Golds were both Furmints, the story here this year, perhaps, was the reds. Typically, they are very much the poor relation to their white counterparts, but ten medals (six of them Silver) this year was a big step up, and suggests that we could be in for a few Golds next year. Definitely a country to watch.

From The Tasting Teams

‘The reds were great. A varied array of grape varieties, styles and winemaking, and they were value-oriented as well.’ Andres Ituarte, team leader

‘I love Hungarian whites. I love the refreshing finish, the fresh notes in general, but also the buttery, creamier styles. They’re great to match with food throughout a meal, from aperitif to the end.’ Chiara Sieni, MM Grocery

‘There’s great value for money in these reds. I’m in a brasserie, and I’d find a place for them there. But they’re wines that needs to be introduced by someone.’ Diego Carballido, Bar Boulud – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

‘The higher up in price we went, the use of oak became too much and was extracted, bitter, unbalanced. Our last white was £30, and honestly the first two at £10 give you more.’ Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant

‘Around £11–£13 there were some really good options, with complexity and balance. They’re always tough sells by the bottle, but for places with varied by-the-glass offerings they’re quite approachable.’ Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards

‘The lower-priced whites were great: fresh, floral and very interesting, but also easy to drink. They would work in any environment, from fine dining to a pub.’ Filippo Pastorini, consultant

‘A complex and interesting flight. Hungary is a large country, and there’s a massive range of styles. I think we’re just scratching the surface.’ Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester

 

Award winners

Found 29 wines

Hungary

Royal Tokaji, The Oddity, Dry Tokaji 2016, Tokaj, Hungary

Gold medal winner

'What a character! Linden flowers and straw on the nose, with superb acidity and fruit concentration. A treasure for fine-dining restaurants, particularly at this price.' Tanya Mann, consultant. 'Flint and yellow flowers on the nose lead to a well-balanced palate with a dry roasted-almond finish. This would be a good match with white trout.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

£10.89 Bibendum

Balassa Bor, Furmint 2018, Tokaj, Hungary

Gold medal winner

'Notes of golden pear, mirabelle, pineapple and kiwi fruit, with some complexity from floral honeysuckle and acacia notes. The palate is crisp and mineral, with a lot of weight and a long, fruity finish.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'There's a fleshy and lingering freshness here, with well-integrated oak. Great for Asian or Peruvian restaurant lists.' Diego Carballido, Bar Boulud - Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

£13.80 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Kvaszinger , Furmint Superior 2018, Tokaj, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'Serious winemaking here, with a very buttery and honeyed character on nose, and some white flowers too, with some skin-contact texture on the palate.' Martin Lam, team leader. 'Chamomile flowers with cashew nut notes, and a creamy texture, with a long, spicy finish. A true star!' Tanya Mann, consultant.

£11.90 Kvaszinger Borászat Kft.

Heimann, Szekszárd Kékfrankos 2018, Szekszárd, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'Cranberries and mixed berries, with a lot of crunchy fruit on the fresh and floral nose, while the palate is very juicy and ripe. A light and easy-to-drink wine that would be great chilled on a hot day.' Matteo Furlan, The Ritz London. 'Lifted and perfumed, with cherry, plum and herb notes and a smooth, balanced palate.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£13.21 Top Selection

Heimann, Porkoláb-Völgy Kadarka 2018, Szekszárd, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'Herbal and vegetal, with some pink peppercorn notes, and a juicy, mouthwatering palate - an easy, fresh, light style.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader. 'There's a delicate nature to this, with spice and a nice mineral earthiness.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'I could see this working well in a higher end gastropub.' Andres Ituarte, team leader.

£17.20 Top Selection

Gilvesy, Rajnai Rizling 2017, Balaton, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'This combines stony minerality with stone fruits, as well as some fresh lemon and a lemon sherbet freshness.' Tom Forrest, team leader. 'Dry and fresh, with a good balance between acidity and body, with green fruit and stone fruit notes.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'Lemon, lime and green apple notes, with some slate minerality.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain.

£10.82 Davy's Wine Merchants

Frittmann , Ezerjo FPV 2016, Kunsag, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'A very complex wine, with toasted nuts, green apples with lime peel, as well as some dried fruits and floral notes.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'Oily, warm and really quite rich, with punchy acidity that lifts the wine. Elegant and long.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'Complex, with barrel-fermented characteristics on the nose, and juicy and fresh on the palate.' Martin Lam, team leader.

£14.90 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Bolyki, Egri Kékfrankos 2016, Eger, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'A sappy bramble fruit nose, with a herbal thread, leading to autumnal bramble fruits in the mouth, with low-key tannins.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'A herbaceous style with dark fruits leading to a structured palate of crunchy blackberries and plums, with nuances of soft spices.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£10.20 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Szepsy, Estate Furmint 2017, Tokaj, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'Textural and inviting, this is a pretty wine with fresh citrus and attractive ginger spice on the finish. Long and interesting, this is a great alternative to Burgundy.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group. 'A very complex nose with smoke and petrol, as well as tropical and citrus fruit. A very intriguing wine!' Tanya Mann, consultant.

£22.76 Top Selection

St. Andrea, Igazán, Egri Bikavér 2016, Eger, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'Classy and complex, with rich black fruits and good balance and length.' Vivienne Franks, Aspects of Wine. 'Full-bodied and concentrated, with bay leaves and thyme, this is spicy, peppery and mineral, with a long finish.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

£32.60 Best of Hungary Ltd.

St. Andrea, Nagy-Eged-Hegy, Egri Bikavér 2016, Eger, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'A rich and oak-led nose, with toast, cedar and vanilla as well as some opulent dark fruits. Toasty on the palate with refreshing acids to balance.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. 'A nicely balanced red, with strawberry and blueberry flavours, and a raspberry finish.' Michael Moore, The London Cookhouse.

£49.90 Best of Hungary Ltd.

St. Andrea, Merengo, Egri Bikavér 2013, Eger, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'Hedonistic, with layers of jammy black fruits, vanilla pod and currant leaf, leading to a good, warm palate with grippy tannins.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'A composed yet evolved nose with floral notes, undergrowth, ripe dark fruit, liquorice and leather, with secondary notes on the palate of ploughed earth, ripe dark fruit, and some spices from the oak. Textured and long, and balanced throughout.' Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester.

£30.00 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Heimann, Baranya-Völgy Kékfrankos 2018, Szekszárd, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

'Opening with notes of damp forest, wild raspberry and rosehip, this is a very textural style, with an amazing amount of fruit packed into quite a compact package. The tannins are quite muscular, with bright acidity, dark cassis and plum depths, and oak present but well-integrated.' Angela Reddin, team leader.

£17.20 Top Selection

Gilvesy, Bohem Balatoni Cuvée 2018, Balaton, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

'Bright and refreshing, light and quaffable, with a little sherbert, and then some pear notes.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'This would be a great aperitif, with quince, pear and some lemon notes on the nose, and a palate that's vibrant and drinkable, with a lingering unripe stone fruit finish.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

£8.95 Davy's Wine Merchants

Kolonics Pincészet, Somlói Hárslevelu 2018, Somló, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

'Ripe and pleasant, with peach, tangerine, apricot and honeysuckle, and a honeyed character.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'An interesting wine with an apple strudel nose leading to apples and pears on palate, with some spice too, and an attractive mineral finish. Good value.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group.

£11.80 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Bolyki, Bolyki & Bolyki, Egri Bikavér Superior 2017, Eger, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

'Fresh and lively, with a very elegant nose of violets and iris, a touch of iron and plenty of black cherries and plums. There's good oak integration too, with lovely spices such as cloves and vanilla coming through. A nice glass of red for a rib-eye steak.' Juan Manuel Marcos Perez, The Gilbert Scott Restaurant.

£13.50 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Szarka Pince, Juharos, Furmint 2018, Tokaj, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

'A very textural, soft and generous wine. Pretty, with attractive stone-fruit sweetness making it interesting to match with spicy dishes.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group. 'Creamy and citrus, with white peach, green apple, nectarine and lychee, and a very good, slightly sweet finish.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet.

£16.25 Top Selection

Riczu Tamás , Symbol 2017, Villány, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

'A fantastic wine, with richness, freshness and fluidity.' Diego Carballido, Bar Boulud - Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. 'Intense damson and plum jam notes with blackberries, chocolate and liquorice, and a very complex palate of roasted nuts, chocolate and coffee.' Juan Manuel Marcos Perez, The Gilbert Scott Restaurant.

£20.60 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Figula, Cabernet Franc 2017, Balatonfüred-Csopak, Hungary

Bronze medal winner

'A vibrant wine with good dark fruit and an intense black pepper and woody spice note to it. A great food wine, as there's some zippy acidity here, with complexity and weight to age too.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'Ripe dark fruit, with a touch of floral and some spices, leading to a juicy and forward palate with good structure and a long finish.' Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester.

£10.00 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Vylyan, Villányi Franc 2017, Pannon, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£14.95 Jeroboams

Bolyki, Egri Bikaver 2016, Eger, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£12.45 Top Selection

Vesztergombi, 2020 2017, Szekszárd, Hungary

Commended medal winner

Vesztergombi, Csaba 2016, Szekszárd, Hungary

Commended medal winner

Figula, Locze Olaszrizling 2018, Balatonfüred-Csopak, Hungary

Commended medal winner

Szarka Pince, Mád, Furmint 2017, Tokaj, Hungary

Commended medal winner

£13.21 Top Selection

Takler, Szenta-Hegyi, Cabernet Franc 2017, Szekszárd, Hungary

Commended medal winner

Riczu Tamás , Villányi Franc 2017, Villány, Hungary

Commended medal winner

Egri Borvár , Egri Kadarka Superior 2018, Eger, Hungary

Commended medal winner

Egri Borvár, Egri Kékfrankos Superior 2016, Eger, Hungary

Commended medal winner

 

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