70 Hungarian gold medals at Berliner Wine Trophy
Hungary won 77 medals at the latest edition of the largest OIV wine competition. 2 bronze, 5 silver and 70 gold medals! A fantastic message: the majority of our wines are outstanding! We cannot introduce all the 70 in one post, let’s recommend 10 wines of the gold winners.
Steigler Furmint 2019 (Sopron)
Furmint is not restricted to Tokaj at all! This relatively young, but ambitious and enthusiastic winery planted some Furmint, and as it seems their efforts are rewarding! “The Furmint grapes for this wine came from the mica-schiest soiled, fully organic Steiger vineyard. Vivid, intense straw yellow color. Ripened white flesh fruits, refined oaky tones, honey and floral notes. A full bodied wine with long ageing potential. Concentrated and long with infinite aromas. We suggest to keep this wine for a long time.“ The estate wone another gold medal with their Steigler Kékfrankos Premium 2019.
Top Selection Szent Ilona Olaszrizling 2019 (Somló)
Tornai is one of the most successful Hungarian wineries with 3 gold medals! Zeusz ice wine 2019 and Top Selection Apátsági Furmint 2019 also received gold medals. Szent Ilona Olaszrizling proves the potential of our most widely planted varietal to give exceptional wines. “We selected the most beautiful grapes of our vineyard in front of the winery into this wine. The oaky maturation gave more richness and excitement, it is worth laying down and age in the bottle, it has a long aging potential. Juicy pear, grapefruit and sophisticated oaky aromas in the nose. Vanilla, elegant oaky palate with citrus fruitiness on the background and slightly stone minerality. The acidity is shaped, but still gives freshness.“
Rosé Cuvée Frittmann 2020 (Kunság)
Zweigelt and Pinot Noir blend from Frittmann family winery – Winery of the Year 2015. “This salmon-coloured rosé recalls red berries like strawberry, red currant and raspberry. Sip is also determined by the vibrant and vigorous fruity scent, completed by spicy notes. It is a rich rosé with dynamic acids and low alcohol content. A well-balanced and easy-to-love wine.“
Zsirai Tokaji Furmint Középhegy, 2018 (Tokaj)
Zsirai Winery did an outstanding performance at this contest with 4 gold medals! Zsirai Betsek Furmint 2018, Zsirai Tokaji Aszú 2017 and Zsirai Tokaji Szamorodni 2019 are all gold winners. As for Középhegy Furmint: “On the nose pear, quince, typical Furmint. The palate is very concentrated. The terroir gives a very expressive minerality. Elegant, a real individuality with long ageing potential.“ Jancis Robinson gave it 17 points.
Holdvölgy Meditation 2018 (Tokaj)
Dry white made of 100% Furmint from the legendary Király (King) vineyard, aged in oak partially. The 8.6 g residual sugar is nicely balanced with the 6.9 g acidity. Crystal clear, subtle nose of apricot and quince. Layered palate with flavours of passion fruit, pink grapefruit, quince. A wine for thought from an outstanding vintage.
Etyeki Kúria Kékfrankos 2016 (Etyek / Sopron)
The winery is based in Etyek (near Budapest), but the Kékfrankos grape comes from their Sopron vineyard. 12 months of maturation in 300 litre oak barrels (50% new). A perfect example of the variety: on the nose with sour cherry, raspberry and cranberry juice, sweet spices and black pepper, while on the palate with hints of sour cherry and cranberry, accompanied by liquorice and mineral notes.
Gere Tamás & Zsolt Villányi Franc Várerdő dűlő 2016 (Villány)
Várderdő is a vineyard with exceptional qualities, and the family winery makes its flagship wine from here. Villányi Franc is the top community brand of Villány made of Cabernet Franc, justifying Michael Broadbent’s famous sentence: Cabernet Franc has found its home in Villány. “A wine which is a concept from now, a wine which rises up as a bastion and says about: Villányi Franc is the embodiment of elegance and harmony.” Gere Tamás & Zsolt won another gold medal for another Villányi Franc: Villányi Franc Selection 2016.
Teleki Selection Villányi Kékfrankos 2017
Csányi Winery in Villány wine region won another gold with Chateau Teleki Villányi Franc 2017. As For Teleki Selection Kékfrankos 2017 this gold is another one in the line. The wine is probably the best value Kékfrankos in the whole country. “Villányi Kékfrankos has the colour of ruby with medium intensity. The nose is dominated by ripe sour cherry and blueberry. The fruity notes of the nose are continued on the palate, whereas the aftertaste is rounded and long. A smaller portion of the wine was matured in barrel, while the majority was vinified in stainless steel tank.“
Dubicz Kékfrancos–Cabernet Franc, 2018 (Mátra)
Mátra wine region is first and foremost famous for its aromatic white wines, but fruity, elegant red wines are also born here. Dubicz Winery and Vineyard is a wine cellar with 110-year history and 123 hectares of own vineyard, that focuses mainly on white wines – however, as the gold medal proves, they are good at red wines as well! “Medium ruby, light red wine with characteristic red berry flavours and fragrances. The velvety sweet taste gently balances the lively acids. A great companion to red meet and red berry desserts as well.”
Grand Tokaj Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos 2014 (Tokaj)
100% Furmint Tokaji Aszú with 160.7 g/l residual sugar! The high acidity (9.2) can compete with the immense amount of sufar and gives a rich dessert wine with infinite flavours and aromas. “This wine displays a vibrant yellow tint. It has a highly complex fragrance. Botrytis due to the aszú berries, orange peel and brittle, figs and exotic flowers, and a hint of dill at the end. A very pure fruity flavour dominates upon tasting, with appearances of orange, quince and pear. The acids maintain the wine’s round and long body, and first-fill barrel fermentation supplements the palate nicely. Fades with a lime and grapefruit flourish at the end, leaving a matured, long mouthfeel. A true Tokaji specialty wine with great potential, looking forward to a long development stage.” The winery won another gold medal for the same Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos from vintage 2016.