A red blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties, with lovely ripe flavours. Bright ruby colour, sweet red fruit on the nose - strawberries and cherries. Vanilla sweetness and hints of wood from 16 months of oak-ageing. Ripe blackberries, chocolate and liquorice on the palate, warming alcohol, good concentration and well-integrated tannins. Long mineral, spicy finish. An oak-driven, New World-style wine with good ageing potential.
Food Pairing Recommendation: The wines acidity makes it the perfect drink to go alongside heavier, heartier dishes like steak, sausages and BBQ meats. It also cuts beautifully through spicier dishes, making it the ideal pairing for hot Asian curries like a vindaloo or even Sichuan chicken.
Serving temperature: 14-16°C
Producer: Tamás Riczu, Villány - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)
Having married into a winemaking family, over the last 15 years Tamás Riczu has progressed from a novice to one of the leading lights of the Villány region. With a degree in oenology, he is now at the vanguard of a new approach that seeks natural perfection in every bottle. Tamás believes that a perfect wine is created in the vineyard, so he uses strict yield control to maximise the flavour and minerality of the grapes. The ripe fruit is then hand-picked under his supervision and then vinified using completely natural methods, creating premium quality wines which are organic in all but name.
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 25%, Cabernet Franc 15%
Soil type: limestone, loess and clay
Fermentation: controlled, in stainless steel tank
Ageing: 21 months in 225l new Hungarian oak barrels
Alcohol content: 14.5%
Bottle size: 0.75l
Special feature: vegan, organically produced
Awards: 2020 Sommelier Wine Awards - Bronze Medal