Ever since I judged at the Pannon Wine Awards in May, I’ve had an appetite for Hungarian wines. Two varieties, in particular, have caught my attention. The elegant, Pinot Noir like Kadarka is my favourite, but following close behind is Kekfrankos, aka Blaufrankisch. This handsome pair of wines comes from Eger producer Grof Buttler, whose Chardonnay I reviewed a while back.
Gróf Buttler Egri Kadarka 2011 Hungary
15% alcohol. Cherry red colour. Sweet, pure, ripe aromatics with a subtle hint of beetroot under the cherry fruit. The palate is supple, fresh and yet quite ripe showing good definition to the ripe cherry and raspberry fruit. Good definition here: it’s a ripe expression of Kadarka, but the trademark freshness and elegance of this variety are evident. 90/100
Gróf Buttler Egri Kékfrankos 2011 Hungary
14% alcohol. Fresh, well defined black cherry fruit nose with some hints of pepper and spice. Ripe with some lushness but still very fresh. The palate is supple and quite elegant with ripe, sweet, black cherry and blackberry fruit, good acidity, and some peppery, grippy structure. Sleek fruit but also some savoury, spicy elements. Aiming at elegance, this is still quite primary but has good potential. 92/100
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