Bull’s Blood à la Bordeaux?
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Signum is the premium Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) of Lajver Wine House – a Bordeaux blend with Kékfrankos and Kadarka – made in true Szekszárd style.
Lajver Wine House created their Signum brand in 2013, at that time the aim was to make a Bordeaux blend, but in the style of the wine region, Szekszárd. To achieve this objective, they added Kékfrankos (aka Blaufrankisch) to the blend. The wine quickly became successful and popular, winelovers most enjoyed “Bordeaux Bikavér”. However, according to the Bikavér regulation of Szekszárd, the blend has to include 5% Kadarka to be named Bikavér. Finally Lajver has found the best Kadarka of their vineyards, thus under the guidance of András Nagy vineyard manager Signum, the premium Bikavér was born.
Signum 2019 – a serious wine for hearty meals
The blend is made of 55% Kékfrankos, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 6% Kadarka and 1% Cabernet Franc. After careful manual bunch and berry selection the grapes fermented in stainless steel, and then each varietal wine matured separately in oak barrel for 10–12 months. The blending was followed by 12 months of bottle ageing. “The nose captures the taster immediately with the scent of freshly made espresso and grated chocolate. Fruitiness comes with blackcurrant, blackberry and sun ripened raspberry. Oak notes appear on the palate: the sweet spices, the masculine tannin and the toasted notes make it clear that Signum is a massive wine. A mediterranean style, powerful red wine with firm structure, ample alcohol and tannin, spice and fruit, and long lasting flavours. The ‘Zen’ harmony has not developed yet, but it definitely has the potential. At the moment we recommend only with hearty meals, but it is also wise to lay it in the cellar and taste it again in some years’ time.” Retail price is only around 10 euros!