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We blended this crisp, fresh and perfumed white especially for members, to help you discover the wonders of Hungarian wines for yourselves. Made using predominantly indigenous varieties, királyleányka, olaszrizling and hárslevelu, it's bursting with bright white-fruit aromas with a sprinkling of aromatic herbs and spices. This is one under-the-radar gem that we’re proud to have our name on.
Product Code: HU1401
The Romans cultivated vines in Pannonia from the second century AD and despite a period of Ottoman Muslim rule in parts of Hungary during the 16th and 17th centuries and the dead hand of state control in the second half of the 20th Hungary has adapted well to the demands of a modern free market, and particularly an export driven one. Since the fall of communism in the late 1980s the Hungarian wine industry has garnered foreign and local investment and adopted modern technological and viticultural practises to improve the quality of the wines. The principal wine growing regions sit between 45o and 50o latitude, similar to Burgundy to the west. The continental climate of landlocked Hungary is one of extremely cold winters and long, hot summers followed by prolonged, usually sunny autumns. Lake Balaton, Europe’s largest lake, provides a moderating effect on winter and summer temperatures, as does the Tisza River that glides past the Tokaji region, the Neusiedlersee that the border region of Sopron shares with Austria, and the Danube for the winemaking areas of the north such as Transdanubia.The vineyards are spread all over the country so soil types are not homogenous over such a large area, but one common theme is the volcanic nature of many. The Great Plain area where much of Hungary’s more generic offerings originate is mostly sand and loess. Tokaji is Hungary’s most famous wine. Recent investment has paid dividends in re-establishing a reputation for greatness that was forged in medieval times and diluted during Communist rule when all wines were exported through a monopoly little interested in providing quality and these great sweet wines might even be pasteurised. The confluence of the river Tisza and a smaller, cooler tributary provides the conditions for the creation of the ‘Breath of God’, or morning mists, in the same way the merging of the Cerons and the Gironde do in Sauternes. This in turn encourages the formation of botrytis cinerea, a fungus that feeds on the moisture in a grape, concentrating the sugars and changing its structure. The result is some of the best and most luscious sweet wines in the world, made from the indigenous furmint, harslevelu, oremus or zeta, and koverszolo varieties, together with muscat.In the south-west, on the border with Croatia, the Villány-Siklós region is fast developing a reputation for excellent wines, and in the north-east is the Eger region, modern home to the famous and sturdy Bull’s Blood, arguably Hungary’s second most famous wine though not necessarily the origin of the widely exported brand of the last century.Although many international varieties such as cabernet sauvignon and franc, pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc have been planted and are making excellent wines, the Hungarians have retained many native central European vines. Kadarka, kekfrankos (aka blaufränkisch), irsai oliver and the aforementioned furmint and harslevelu have a long history and can make characterful wines.The Hungarian authorities have developed an appellation system modelled on the French and Austrian versions and 22 regions are currently recognised.
"I'm very new to The Wine Society and this was the first bottle I opened from my order. It was delicious. Clear and light it was floral and crisp. I ordered this as it was very pale, I normally like a pinot so thought this would be a nice place to expand my interest. I would highly recommend and it is very good value. "
"This is the first time I have purchased a Hungarian white wine and I am not disappointed. It is light and fruity, ideal for summer drinking. I will certainly be buying more. Well worth the money."
I would recommend this wine
"I originally thought this was a well-made wine, but not to my tastes.
Unfortunately it didn't seem to be to anyone's tastes, including my mum, who claims she does not care about nice wine and can drink anything.
She would not drink this."
"Lockdown winner, available when we were under lockdown, and we all loved this light refreshing wine.
Perfect for summer drinking. I do hope it's back in stock again soon."
I would recommend this wine
"Deliciously light and easy to drink, a perfect summer wine"
"Being drier than expected with a rather strange bitterness obscuring any promised 'perfume and white fruit aromas' we thought this was just an issue with the first bottle - but disappointingly the second was the same. Not one for re-order"
"Description is pretty accurate. Interesting and enjoyable and good value for money. Good on its own or with some food. We had it with pork medallions marinated in mango chutney and soy sauce. Stood up to it pretty well. Definitely worth a try, a comfortable 3 and a half stars, maybe 4 on a value for money basis. "
"First time I've tried this wine and it lives up to its billing - floral and fruity but with a nice freshness to it as well. Good value."
"This wine reminds me of the Rhein and Mosel wines I used to enjoy when I lived in Germany. Light but very pleasantly drinkable with or without food. Hope to buy again and sip it in the garden when the summer comes. "
"Nice in the right occasion. This is one of those wines that you are happy to open a bottle of as it is easy to drink and interestingly different but you probably wouldn’t open a second. I get floral aromas and primary taste of slightly under ripe white peach, perfect for summer but I prefer the WS SA Chenin as a good £8ish all rounder."
The Times 18th Apr 2020
"Bargain hunters should grab [this], a sunny, honeysuckle and white peach aperitif, fruit salad white. - Jane MacQuitty"
Western Mail 18th Jan 2019
"A delightful little
white, suitable as a good start to the meal, and you can have endless fun
trying to pronounce the grape varieties: királyleányka, olaszrizling and
hárslevelu- best of luck with that! On the nose these is a glimmer of crisp
orchard fruit with some pear notes and some delicate herbal tones. In the mouth
the bright mineral notes refresh the palate and light up even the most jaded of
taste buds ready for the evening ahead. Excellent value too. - Neil Cammies"
Jewish Telegraph 27th Dec 2019
unspectacular perfumed, crisp white from the Eger region. The dry whites of
Hungary tend to be overlooked in favour of better-known nationalities, but they
represent excellent quality and value. "
The Daily Telegraph 4th Jan 2020
"Made from a blend of
indigenous grape varieties with tongue-twisting names (I daren't even try to
say 'királyleányka') this off-dry white is aromatic with lots of floral riffs.
It would go well with and Asian salad. - Victoria Moore"
The Daily Telegraph 14th Dec 2019
"Made with indigenous
Hungarian grape varieties, this is fine value. There are flowers and peach that
make it an excellent palate-awakening aperitif, but also enough depth and
savoury undertones to partner food. - Hamish Anderson"
The Times 7th Dec 2019
"A fruit salad of an
aperitif white; made principally from indigenous Hungarian grape varieties, it
bursts with exotic, vibrant, white peach and honeysuckle spice. - Jane MacQuitty"
Yorkshire Post 23rd Nov 2019
"Proof that The Wine
Society gets out to far corners of the wine world to find great wines at low
prices. Unoaked and dry this has crisp white peach and melon notes and a light
dusting of spice. - Christine Austin"
The Daily Mail 31st Jul 2019
"Foraging for wines off the beaten track will often
reward you with a brilliantly priced bargain. This is from the Eger region of
Hungary, made from local grapes including Kiralyleanyka and Harslevelu. The
result is a light, bright floral number with a whiff of white jasmine and a
twist of citrus. Refreshingly good. Food pairing: Herby salads. - Helen McGinn"
Yorkshire Post 27th Jul 2019
"Light, fragrant and
great value, this is a blend of three Hungarian grape varieties whose names are
long, complicated and difficult to pronounce, so the name Hungarian White does
just fine. Unoaked and dry in taste, it has crisp white peach and melon notes,
a light dusting of spice and lime-shot finish. Try it as an aperitif or enjoy
with chilli-baked sea bass. - Christine Austin"
Manchester Evening News 26th Jul 2019
"You may find it
easier to get your chops around this wine than deal with the pronunciation of
the Hungarian varieties used to make it: kiralyleanyka, olaszrizling and
harslevelu. This is the sort of wine at which the The Wine Society excels. My
taste buds were immediately titivated by its novel aromas which are like boiled
sweets flavoured with flowers. The palate feels pleasingly rustic with a herbal
edge to the mix. One of the most unusual wines I've tasted all year and a great
example of why Hungarian wines are on an upward trajectory. - Andy Cronshaw"
Portsmouth News 13th Jul 2019
"What a pretty little
good value wine it is. Made for The Wine Society in the Eger region of Hungary
from local indigenous grapes, this is really fresh with floral and herb notes,
followed by a crisp palate and lovely bright finish. Simple dry white wine for
sipping in the garden on a summer's evening. - Alistair Gibson"
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