A fine vintage with depths of complexity, from the first scent this wine breaths elegance. Comprised solely of merlot, it sits in the glass with deep and dark red hue, indicative of its full body. On the nose you will find rich flavours from the oak ageing; cedar, vanilla and spice leap out, which are followed by opulent expressions of bramble, black cherry, plum and cacao. A gripping acidity and firm tannins prove that this wine has plenty of ageing capacity in it. Approachable now with a short decant and aptly paired food, however it will continue to develop for the next decade or so.

Food Pairing

A perfect pairing for roast, red and game meats. Wild mallard with a deep jus would be delightful. Hearty vegetable dishes or flavours rich with mushroom and umami will work beautifully too.

Serving temperature: 16-18°C

Grape variety: Merlot

Soil type: Limestone, loess and clay

Fermentation: Controlled in steel tank

Ageing: 18 months in 500l French oak barrel

Alcohol content: 14.0%                   

Bottle size: 0.75l

Kiss Gábor Winery, Villány - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

Gábor Kiss is at the forefront of a new approach to winemaking in Villány. This warm climate region is typically known for its for its heavy, high-alcohol red wines shrouded by a heavy cloud of oak, but through minimal intervention in both viticulture and vinification, Gábor showcases the balance and elegance inherent in his carefully cultivated grapes. The result of his fresh take on this traditional area is an unadulterated taste of the real Villány terroir in every bottle.

Recipe Ideas

Slowly Braised Lamb Stew

Few dishes say comfort food like a pot of slowly braised stew, and lamb fried with aromatic smoked paprika and mangalitza bacon, then cooked with a dash of red wine, takes this beloved culinary genre to a whole new level. Perfect served on a bed of tarhonya with some tangy pickles on the side.

Lecso - Mixed Pepper Stew

Lecso is an ancient dish originally from Serbia, and a great summer meal when all the ingredients are in season and you want to eat something a little lighter. Lecso is very versatile, it can be a great vegetarian dish while adding sliced Hungarian sausages (kolbasz) would make this a one pot main course. You can also serve it as a side dish to roast meats, especially pork, while any left-overs can be had for breakfast by adding a couple of eggs to the prepared Lecso.

KISS GÁBOR Villányi Merlot 'Enigma' 2016