Feind Winery – sunshine inside and outside
Feind Winery has received several acknowledgements recently, what is more, they have great result in every category:sparkling, still white, rose, red wine and dessert wine. The wine bar and tasting room is brand new and looks amazing – and it lets the sunshine in to make it more astonishing. So, let’s have a glass of Sunshine, a VinAgora gold winner white blend at the beginning, and then go on with the Best Rosé of the Hungarian Academy of Science!
Sunshine, the new white blend
Last year Feind Winery had an amazing success: their Sauvignon Blanc won the category at French Le Mondial des Vins Blancs – will they repeat the fabulous result? We will see, but meanwhile let us share some great achievements of them. Near Lake Balaton, the largest lake of Central Eastern Europe we are not scarce of sunlight. Feind Winery managed to capture the playful sunrays in a lovely blend of 34% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Olaszrizling and 33% Chardonnay. The wine fermented and aged in stainless steel and only 5000 bottles were released. VinAgora international wine contest awarded gold medal to Feind Sunshine 2021 at its latest edition. The recommended retail price is under 8 euros!
The best rosé of the smartest brains
The Academy wine selection has become a tradition, and this year, at the 13th edition 75 wineries entered 204 wines. The president of the jury was again Dr Tamás Freund, the world famous brain scientist. The winner rosé is Feind Cabernet Rosé 2021, a blend of 68% Cabernet Franc and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruity, crispy, lovely rosé, its recommended retail price is only around 4 euros. 100 000 bottles were made and closed with screwcap.
Taste them in the brand new wine bar of Feind Winery! The owner and and the architect dreamed of a tasting place of relaxed atmosphere and this short video shows that they have achieved this aim.
Sweet, sparkling and red
Tamlyn Currin, wine writer of JancisRobinson.com tasted Choice, a dessert wine made of Zeus grape. Tamlyn Currin gave 16 points to the wine: “Golden. Smells like golden syrup on the nose. Koeksisters and konfyt and ginger root cooked and drenched in syrup. Clove spice. Instant-coffee note. This is very, very sweet. An interesting planed sandalwood lift to the finish.” (Koeksisters is an African type of sweets.)
Borsmenta online wine magazine has recently published a review of Feind Coupé Brut, charmat method sparkling wine made of Sauvignon Blanc. The wine received 84 points out of 100 for its refrehing, lovely character and its ppleasant aromas typical of the variety.
Tamlyn Currin tasted Feind Cabernet Franc 2017 as well, and even though Balatonfüred is not a region known for Franc wines, she gave the wine 15.5 points, and she pointed out how “generous” the wine is: “Tinned strawberries and cherry jam and toasted-coconut oak spice. Big and sweet and generous…” – though she missed the subtle nuances.
When I visited the estate, one of my favourite was their Syrah, and we agreed with my colleague that their particular terroir is really suitable for Syrah. Their 2017 is fruity full of red fruits and plum, but there is a playful spicy tone throughout the nose and the palate. A beautiful wine to enjoy the sunset over Lake Balaton!