Taste the future at Matador
“Etyeki Pezsgő” – the next thing to watch
“Just 30 kilometers from Etyek, the sparkling wines from Etyek could one day shape modern aperitif culture in the urban wine bars of this vibrant city” – wrote Adrian van Velsen Swiss wine writer on www.vvWine.ch (by ‘city’ referring to Budapest). Adrian gave one of the highest scores, 89 points to Haraszthy Öreghegy Brut 2016, a bottle fermented sparkling wine of Etyek, so why not taste it in the winery’s steak house, Matador, in the most authentic place?
“Etyek goes sparkling”
Adrian van Velsen was one of the nearly 100 wine professionals invited by Hungarian Wine Summit, and he could participate in one of the 4 regional study tours besides the Budapest wine fair. Adrien toured Upper Pannonregion, and Etyek was an important stop with a tasting of 10 sparkling winesof Etyek. The regulation of the appellation is not ready yet, still it was an exciting snapshot of the process and partcipants were grateful for getting an insight of the sectrets. Adrian van Velssen gave detailed descriptions of the sparkling wines and he was also wondering about the market potential of ‘Etyeki Pezsgő’.
The young fruit of the ‘Old Hill’
Öreghegy means ‘Old Hill’, this is the place where Haraszthy Vineyard is located. The winery is owned by Argentinean Carlos Coelho, who was one of the pioneers to settle down in Etyek and his role is inevitable in converting Etyek into an attractive place for wine travellers. (The name of the winery honours the Hungarian born adventurous viticulturist, Ágoston Haraszthy, the father of Californian winemaking).
Haraszthy Öreghegy Brut is made of 100% Chardonnay from Öreghegy and spent 48 months on the lees. Adrian van Velssen’s description: “Medium yellow. Complex nose, spicy notes and floral notes dueling with salted lemon and green apple. Noticeably sweet at the beginning, but this is then quickly buffered by a distinctive acidity, appears very fresh and balanced despite the relatively high sugar content. This is a fruity sparkling wine with a balanced sweet-acid balance and a pleasantly long-lasting, salty-citric back aroma. 89 vvpoints” 89 is the second highest score given by the Swiss writer (90 scores were given to Vizi Stellar Brut Nature 2017 and two other sparklings received 89 points: Nádas GV Brit Nature 2019, Anonymous Összhang Brut Evolution 2016.
Matador season is on!
The in site steak house of Haraszthy Winery is not open all year, but since 15 April we can enjoy again the unique terrace by the pool, the high quality Argentinean steaks and certainly the wines of the estate. Matador is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12.00 to 21.00. The chef created a new menu so that also regular guests could find novelties.