Bikavér or Bull’s Blood in English, is a blend that can only be made in the Hungarian wine regions of Eger and Szekszárd. According to the local traditions, the name Bull's Blood goes back to the siege of Eger castle in 1552, when the captain had red wine brought from the cellars to encourage his soldiers. When the Turkish soldiers noticed the red liquid oozing from the defenders’ beards, rumour spread that they have drunk the blood of a bull to regain their strength, giving rise to this enduring name.
Winery: St. Andrea Estate location: Eger
Vineyard: Hangács Soil type: Brown forest soil Grape variety: Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch), Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Kadarka
Fermentation: In tank and oak barrel Aging: 16 months in oak barrel
Alcohol content: 14.5% Acidity: 4.7g/l Residual sugar: 0.8g/l
2018 International Wine Challenge - Bronze Medal
A full bodied dry red wine cuvée, this single vineyard Bull's Blood from Hangács Cru, is complex, yet dynamic, showing the rustic character of the wine region with elegant and exciting fruit aromas. There are ripe fruits (blackberry and mulberry) on the nose, with earthy aromas of autumn leaves and forest floor. This is a well-structured and meaty wine, providing you with a memorable experience.
Food Pairing Recommendation
It goes very well with goulash soup and beef stew, as well as game dishes and dumplings. Serve alongside semi hard - hard cheese like Cheddar, Parmesan or Red Leicester for a delicious pairing.
Serving temperature: 16-18°C
About the Producer
The family owned, award winning winery of St. Andrea’s philosophy is to create terroir-specific wines of character, by combining a traditional approach with modern day wine-making techniques. Their focus is on indigenous varieties while paying the utmost attention to the particular terroirs and individual vineyards. As a result, they can tailor the conditions to the requirements of each grape variety, cultivating only the finest fruits. By putting their heart and soul into crafting each bottle, they are providing you with wines of unparalleled quality that are truly the best of Hungary.