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BUKOLYI Organic Egri Bikavér 'Bull's Blood' 2020

Combining hand-picked grapes from three traditional varieties, this is the only organic Egri Bikavér produced in the region and it certainly packs a punch.

The wine shows off an attractive inky purple and red hue; pouring medium to medium-full. It's clear that there is depth and complexity here, as a seductive array of flavours are jumping out from the glass. Oak and bramble, alongside red and blue fruits, are complemented by rustic aromas of forest floor and chocolate. A tantalising acidity and medium tannins give the wine its balance. Hints of flint, smoke and paprika can be found on the finish.

Food Pairing

This wine will beautifully cut through any rich ragù, especially lamb or venison. Its fine acidity and oak ageing will marry with anything fresh from the BBQ. Though, the traditional goulash will always reign supreme. Serve with a creamy Camembert for a cheese board to remember.

Serving temperature: 16°C

Expert Opinion

Caroline Gilby - Master of Wine - 89 points - Decanter November 2021

A dark ruby wine with generous notes of spiced plum, blackcurrant jam and a hint of balsamic complexity. On the palate, juicy, ripe raspberry fruit and supple tannins - a modern, fruit-focused Bikavér from the only certified producer in the region.

Grape varieties: Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch), Syrah, Pinot Noir

Soil type: Brown forest soil

Fermentation: Spontaneous, in small wooden vats

Ageing:18 months in oak barrels

Alcohol content: 13.5%

Bottle size: 0.75l

Special feature: Organic; vegan

Awards: Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 - Bronze Medal - 87 points

Bukolyi Winery, Eger - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

The Bukolyi family winery was established 15 years ago by husband-and-wife pair Marcell and Lilla. They cultivate traditional varieties over 14-hectares, located on the southern slopes of the Grand Cru Nagy-Eged hill, on the only 100% organic vineyard of the Eger wine region. The family oversee the grapes’ entire journey from vine to bottle, including hand-harvesting of healthy and ripe berries, as well as gentle vinification using minimal intervention. A small, family-sized cellar serves as the focal point of the vineyards, where they make the unique chalky and volcanic terroir come alive in every drop.