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An exclusive selection of three bikavér from three award-winner wineries and two wine regions, showcasing the many faces of this emblematic Hungarian red wine.

Bikavér or Bull's Blood in English is a famous Hungarian red wine cuvée exclusive to the Eger and Szekszárd regions. It can only be made by adhering to strict guidelines, yet this traditional terroir wine serves as the ruby red signature of each winemaker, living up to its legendary name. At least three local grape varieties are combined into a perfectly harmonious blend, creating a rich and fruity masterpiece with a tantalisingly complex mineral structure that only the best Bull's Blood can provide.

 

BOLYKI Egri Bikavér 'Bull's Blood' 2016

Attractive, deep ruby colour. A spicy nose shows a core of dark stewed fruit and a hint of chocolate. Rich, chewy palate with intense black pepper spice, followed by dark cherry and blackcurrant notes and a touch of vanilla. Lively acidity, tight tannic structure, and long mineral finish. This classic Bikaver promises to age very well so worth laying down a bottle or two.

Grape varieties: Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch), Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zweigelt, Blauburger, Portugieser

Soil type: Brown forest soil

Fermentation: Spontaneous, in stainless steel tank

Ageing: 18 months in oak barrels

Alcohol content: 13.0%

Bottle size: 0.75l

Special feature: Vegan; unfiltered

Awards: Sommelier Wine Award 2019 - Gold Medal

Winemaker: Bolyki Winery, Eger - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

János Bolyki is a first-generation winemaker at the vanguard of a new wave of dynamic young wine professionals, offering a youthful take on classic Hungarian wines. In his Eger winery, located in an abandoned stone quarry with the cellars carved straight into the rock, he produces a range of red and white wines which evoke the character and rich minerality of this unique terroir. For a refreshing taste of Eger, look no further than a bottle of Bolyki.

 

ST. ANDREA Egri Bikavér Superior “Bull” 2018

What more could you ask for from a Bull's Blood. The nose is complex and deep. Red cherry, red berries and black fruits complement oak, chocolate and sweet smoked spice. A medium body with elegant minerality is indicative of the volcanic, cool-climate Eger terroir. Soft, ripe tannins and a fine acidity set this wine up perfectly for food pairing and ageing if you can wait.

Grape varieties: Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch), Merlot, Pinot noir, Cabernet sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet franc, Kadarka

Soil type: Brown forest soil with clay, rhyolite tuff in the deep layers

Fermentation: In stainless steel tank

Ageing: 13 months in oak barrel

Alcohol content: 14.5%         

Bottle size: 0.75l

Winemaker: St. Andrea Winery, Eger - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

The philosophy of the family-owned, multi-award-winning St. Andrea winery is to create expressive wines of character by combining a traditional approach with modern winemaking methods. Their main focus is on indigenous varieties while paying the utmost attention to the uniqueness of individual terroirs and vineyards. By putting their heart and soul into crafting each bottle, the father-and-son team at St. Andrea is providing you with wines of outstanding quality that reflect the great potential of the Eger region.


 

VESZTERGOMBI Szekszárdi Bikavér 'Bull's Blood' 2016

A silky smooth, medium-bodied dry red wine. Plum, dark berry and dark chocolate on the palate, complemented by fine oak notes from two years of oak barrel ageing. Kékfrankos gives the wine its body, Cabernet Sauvignon adds spiciness and depth, Merlot gives it a gentle character, while Kadarka provides its soul - lots of soul! This gentle, beautifully balanced wine touches the heart.

Grape variety: Kékfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Kadarka

Soil type: Loess

Fermentation: Controlled in steel tank

Ageing: 20-24 months in oak barrel

Alcohol content: 13.0%                   

Bottle size: 0.75l

Winemaker: Vesztergombi Winery, Szekszárd - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

The Vesztergombi family looks back on a centuries-old tradition of winemaking in the region around Szekszárd in southern Hungary, where the River Danube meanders between rolling hills and fertile valleys. This scenic setting provides the perfect conditions for growing red grapes with character. The Vesztergombi winery was re-established in 1991, resurrecting the long-held family tradition. Its first Bikavér (Bull's Blood) was released in 1993, the year when founder Ferenc Vesztergombi was awarded the prestigious “Winemaker of the Year” title in Hungary. Today, with three generations working together in the business, the winery continues to produce outstanding red wines that authentically reflect the unique terroir of the Szekszárd region.


Chicken Paprikash with Noodles

Chicken Paprikash, called Paprikás Csirke in Hungarian, is a popular weekend staple and a classic of the Hungarian culinary arts. As suggested by its name, smoky and aromatic paprika is at the heart of the dish, which combines simple ingredients into a comfort food paradise.

Goulash Soup

Goulash (Gulyas) is the most famous Hungarian dish in the world and one of the country's national dishes. This is a very traditional beef goulash recipe made with simple ingredients like meat, peppers and root vegetables elevated to perfection by the use of Hungary’s most famous spice: paprika.

Bikavér 'Bull's Blood' Selection
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