Attractive, deep ruby colour. 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 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. 

Food pairing recommendation: A great accompaniment to rich meat dishes such as game stews or lamb chops. Try with a spicy vegetable casserole or pair with some aged cheese such as Comté or Manchego.

Serving temperature: 16-18°C

Winery: 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.

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

Awards: Sommelier Wine Award 2019 - gold medal