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The flagship still wine of the Kreinbacher Winery, this is a really special single-vineyard vintage. The grapes were hand-harvested from the stony terraces of the southern side of Somló Hill, giving it an intense mineral character. Similarly to the traditional method sparkling wines of the winery, this wine was also inspired by an international benchmark – in this case, the powerful red wines of the Rhône Valley.
Deep pomegranate colour. An intense fruity aroma of blackcurrant and black cherries, accompanied by notes of dark chocolate and a hint of smoke. 16-months of oak barrel ageing has tamed the Syrah’s fierceness, resulting in an elegant yet dynamic wine. Silky smooth on the palate with well integrate tannins, the fruit flavours are rounded-out by black pepper tones typical to this variety, as well as barrel spices. There is plenty of substance here, culminating in a zesty, long-lived finish.
Serve with traditional Hungarian dishes including goulash soup, beef stew and lecso, as well as steak and semi-hard cheese such as Gruyère. Plant lovers could try with a mushroom casserole or a Hungarian potato paprikas.
Serving temperature: 16°C
Grape varieties: Syrah
Soil type: Volcanic
Ageing: 16 months in Seguin Moreau barrels
Alcohol content: 14.0%
Bottle size: 0.75l
Kreinbacher Estate, Somló
The Kreinbacher Estate was founded by József Kreinbacher in 2002, on the gentle slopes of the Somló mountain. It is a place where a rich alluvial subsoil meets the perfect micro-climate, creating the ideal conditions for cultivating grapes of outstanding minerality. The first sparkling wines were introduced in 2014, opening a new chapter in the history of the region that has seen the Kreinbacher Estate become the most decorated Hungarian sparkling wine maker. Crafted by a team of in-house experts and renowned outside consultants, each bottle is a revelation, as the unparalleled aroma of the grapes is masterly developed through the méthode traditionnelle approach, creating stunning vintages worthy of the highest international awards.
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.
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.