|Welcome to Hungary|
How many Hungarian wines can you name? Familiar with Bull's Blood? Perhaps the infamous Tokaji? How bout a Cserszegi Fuszeres?
Monday evening the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Veritas Wine, and Wiseville International held a wonderful tasting highlighting Hungary's wide range of wines. Hungary has a ton of local varieties that no one outside of Hungary can pronounce, but as Helga Gal explained, there is a lot of experimenting with international varieties to become a bigger player in the global wine scene.
|Adrienne and Fay meditate on the first wine|
So what did we drink?
|Our educator awarded 'prof of the day!' from HK tourism school|
Next up was a varietal I am slightly familiar with (mostly because it's the easiest of the Hungarian varietals to say!) was a dry Furmint from Tokaj. I loved this wine. After 9-12 months in oak, I found this smooth and buttery, with nice body and floral honey notes. It was slightly reminiscent of a Viognier which is always a good thing.
|Pouring the wines|
Then Hungary's Bordeaux; Gere Attila Winery; Kopar 2007. Cab Franc, Merlot, and Cab Sauv, this assemblage was deep purple, ripe with some brown spice, and to me a wee too young. I think another 5 years in the cellar would do this guy proud.
My favorites of the reds was last, and at $880, will probably be my last for a while. Malatinszky Kuria Organic Wine Estate. 100% Cab Franc and unfiltered. You know I love me a gritty wine!
|Late Harvest vs. Botrytis|
Overall the tasting was super informative with some really unique and flavorful wines. I look forward to seeing more of Hungary around HK!