Heimann & Fiai SZEKSZÁRD Kékfrankos 2018
Type of the wine: Red, Dry
Grape variety: 100% Kékfrankos
Alcohol content: 12%
Acidity: 5.4 g/l
Residual sugar: 2.1 g/l /
Terroir, vineyard: 100% own crop from young vineyards in Baranya valley and Csötönyi valley
Vineyard management: Carefully planned, low intervention protection of the vineyard. Herbicides and insecticides are avoided (certified organic conversion started in 2020. Manual shoot and bunch selection. Average yield: 8–10 tons / hectare.
Harvest: Hand harvest in 15 kg boxes between 11–14 September 2018.
Technology: Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel and wooden fermenters partly with whole bunches (up to 30%). Delicate extraction with daily 2x pigeage or pump-over. Pressed without pumping after 20–24 days of skin contact. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Ageing in large barrels and stainless steel tanks for 8 months. Estate bottled.
Quality level: Regional entry level wine. The grapes for the Szekszárd Kékfrankos come from our younger plantations with vines aged between 5 to 10 years. Lower in concentration and with bright fruit aromas it is a genuine expression of the Szekszárd terroir and provides the right balance for an everyday bistro red.
Temperature: 16 °C
Food pairing: The wine pairs well with lamb and vegetable dishes, for example layered egg plant or Hungarian layered potato with paprika.
Available quantity: 12.000 bottles / year
Retail price: 11.50 euros
Wine reviews: JancisRobinson.com: 16.5 p, WineAnorak.com: 93 p, Vinography.com: 9
Importers: USA: Danch&Granger Selections (California), Knit Wines (New York), Canada: Rezin (Quebec), Germany: K&U Weinhalle (Nürnberg), Naturgenuss GmbH, Weinhandlung Suff (Berlin) BorStore.de, Weingenuss aus Ungarn (online), Denmark: Løgismose, The Netherlands: Anfors-Imperial, Belgium: Roi de Rois, Russia: Lion Wine, Poland: NaWino
So pure and fresh compared to most Szekszárd reds, without a hint of heaviness. Just a bit of funk, but it’s quite precise. Some green aromas from the stem. Round, balanced, hardly medium-bodied, with the support of enough tannins. Not a complex wine, but such a pure rendition of the variety, and again, the focus is on drinkability and honesty. (Zoltán Németi, screwcapped.com)