Wine of the Week: Sauska Cuvée 7
Wine & Spirit American wine magazine panel selected Sauska Rozé, Kadarka and Kékfrankos ’Best Buys’ in its December issue. What is more, Sauska Cuvée 7 from 2015 received the highest score (92 points) in the red line up. “Firm, structured by crisp acidity and savory notes from stone and earth.” No wonder, Sauska estate makes outstanding red wines in Villány wine region, the south of Hungary, partially due to their meticulous selection of grapes. Only the absolute healthy berries are used for wines, and every process is carried on with the highest care. Cuvée 7 is a Bordeaux blend with grapes from three vineyards: Ördögárok, Kopár and Konkoly. Three days cold maceration of accurately hand-sorted, clean berries. 28–35 days of total maceration in stainless steel tanks. Full, partial natural malolactic fermentation before the press. Aged for 15 months in 70% used and 30% new French oak barrels. Deep velvety red with pink hues. Warm tones, rich oriental spices in the nose. Dried fruits with vanilla and fine oaks dominate the mouth feel. A delicate balance of spiciness over minerality. A wholesome wine, screams for food, especially great red meat.