Bolyki Egri Bikavèr 2016, Eger, Hungary 75cl
Dry red wine, 75cl. Full bodied Kèkfrankos Cabernet Franc Merlot Zweigelt Blauburger and Portugieser blend from Eger, Hungary. 14.0% ABV.
A beautifully made wine – concentrated, intensely coloured, with a core of dark, almost tarry fruit, elegant red cherry aromas, lively acidity, a softly tannic structure, and a silky texture.
Tasting notes from the judges of the Sommelier Wine Awards 2019
'An excellent all-rounder, 'began impressed team leader Charlie Young as this was awarded a well-deserved Gold, going n to describe 'a full, dark, spicy nose, leading to a puff of small berry fruit, light tannins and great length, with a cracking finish'. Woodhead 17's James Fryer highlighted some 'peppery tones and chalky tannins', while Daniel Loughlin of 20 Stories thought the combination would be 'great with a rack of lamb.'
Producer Profile Bolyki
Considered the most exciting new talent in his region, winemaker Janos Gyorgy has been running his family’s estate in Eger since 2003. The third generation in the wine world (his grandfather was a cooper and his parents planted the first vines in 1985), he initially trained as industrial engineer before becoming a winemaker. Under his supervision, 20 hectacres of vines and a 47 metre deep cellar have been added to the estate. Janos’s first Egri Bikavér won a silver medal at the Wine Olympics in Bordeaux in 2003. Janos and his wines have continued to gain recognition ever since. In 2011, he was awarded Hungary’s Winemaker of the Year as well as Businessman of the Year.
Food pairing recommendation
Meat dish: Hungarian Beef Goulash With Dumplings
Vegan dish: Beetroot Linguine