An Unconventional Rosé Sparkling from Somló
Wine of the Weekend: Fehérvári Rosé Brut
The volcanic Somló is the smallest wine region of Hungary, therefore, when Somló sparkling wine is mentioned, the knowledgeable wine connoisseurs mention Kreinbacher, the estate with significant history of acknowledgments. However, the small Somló is big enough for another estate placing emphasis on sparkling wines, and for those connoisseurs it is time to learn another name: Fehérvári Wine Estate.
A new comet has arrived
The first great international award arrived at the beginning of this year, when at Mundus Vini Fehérvári Wine Estate received gold medal with its Fehérvári Brut Nature, a method traditional sparkling wine made of 100% Furmint grape. Later Fehérvári Brut reserve won gold medal at VinAgora international wine contest. The estate appeared in wine magazines and online publications – no wonder, the products are impeccable, and plus they have the X-factor, which comes from the unmistakable Somló terroir and the expertise of the team. The chief winemaker is Ákos Kamocsay Jr, son of the legendary Hilltop chief winemaker Ákos Kamocsay, and Junior has also made his reputation being a consultant to several wineries. The estate also works with a Champagne expert: David Bourdaire Champagne master, owner and manager of Champagne Bourdaire-Gallois supervises and supports the Fehérvári Wine Estate’s sparkling wine production as an external expert.
Fehérvári family has a long history linked to Somló, back from as early as 1545, and it seems that their star is about to raise. So, if you are looking for something new and great, discover the still and sparkling wines of Fehérvári Wine Estate.
Fehérvári Rosé Brut
This non-vintage sparkling wine is a blend of Furmint, Hárslevelű, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus some red wine is used for the colour. Furmint is the backbone, Hárslevelű is the “perfume”, while Chardonnay and Pinotadd more elegance. The dosage is very low, only 5 g/L, so it is indeed a dryer type of Brut. It was aged for 18 months on the lees. Only 7000 bottles were made, and the ex-cellar price is 11 euros. This is how the team introduces the wine:
“Forget conventions! Dare to be yourself, dare to play! Leave the barriers behind: our Reserve Brut Rose rosé sparkling wine is a celebration of freedom given by self-confidence. You see the world differently through its bright pink colour. In its aroma, ripe cherries, cherries and rosehips perform a dance of joy, which is made even more exciting by aromas of biscuits and toast. In the sip, a fruity, flattering roundness teases with the buttery brioche character. Its complex, rich, yet refreshing, long aftertaste ends with grapefruit tartness. Its vibrant, creamy foam and freshness will invigorate you and shake you up from everyday life.”
Food pairing: An excellent aperitif, we can find it a suitable bubbly for almost any dish of a main course. In addition to fish, especially with salmon, seafood and white meat and poultry, it also goes with duck.