Haraszthy Pinot Noir wins gold in London
Hungarian producers received 1 gold and 7 silver medals at the latest edition of London Wine Competition. Haraszthy Vineyards from Etyek wine region won a gold for Haraszthy Pinot Noir 2018 and also three silver medals for Haraszthy Chardonnay 2018, Haraszthy Irsai Olivér 2020 and Haraszthy Sauvignon Blanc 2020. Holdvölgy from Tokaj also received two silver medals, one for Holdvölgy Intuition No3 2017 and one for Holdvölgy Culture 2008.
A different wine contest
The relatively new wine contest is quite different from the other renowned competitions: apart from the blind tasting, expert judge the appearance of the wine as well, and the price of the wine is also considered in relation to the value. “For any wine brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s wine list – and then vitally stay there – they need to be marketable and consumer-driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. To be an award winner you will need to have a top-quality wine, that offers both the trade and the consumer great value for money, and you will need to look good and truly stand out on the shelf and on the back bar.” In all there were wines from 36 countries to judge covering 135 different grape varietals, with the most entries coming from Australia, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, United States and Moldova.
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Etyek Pinot Noir of 93 points
Haraszthy Pinot Noir 2018 impressed the judges with its fruitiness and complexity: “The wine has flavours of red cherry, pomegranate and strawberries. The wine has oak flavours of roasted nuts, espresso and warm baking spice. Savory Pinot Noir that would pair well with a roast chicken.” The chef of Haraszthy Matador steak house adds some other food recommendations: “A great accompaniment for meat pie, cold patés, duck and lamb dishes.“