Bikavér or Bull's Blood in English, is a famous Hungarian red wine cuvée exclusive to the Eger and Szekszárd regions. It can only be made by adhering to strict guidelines, yet this traditional terroir wine serves as the ruby red signature of each winemaker, living up to its legendary name. At least three local grape varieties are combined into a perfectly harmonious blend, creating a rich and fruity masterpiece with a tantalisingly complex mineral structure that only the best Bull's Blood can provide.
Winery: Vesztergombi Winery Estate location: Szekszárd
Vineyard: Estate Soil type: Loess
Grape variety: Kékfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Kadarka
Fermentation: Controlled in steel tank Aging: 20–24 months in oak barrel
Alcohol Content: 13.0% Acidity: 4.8g/l
Bottle Size: 0.75l Residual Sugar: 1.2g/l
Kékfrankos gives the body and backbone of the wine, Cabernet Sauvignon adds spiciness and depth, Merlot is responsible for the soft and gentle character while Kadarka provides its soul. You can taste plum, dark berry and dark chocolate on the palate, which are complemented by fine oak notes arising from the two years of ageing in oak barrels. This is a silky smooth and thoroughly enjoyable ripe red wine.
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About the Producer
The Vesztergombi family can look back on a rich tradition of wine making in the region around Szekszárd. This scenic landscape, where the Danube river meanders between intertwined valleys, provides the perfect conditions for growing red grapes with character. The winery's was reborn in 1991, resurrecting the family tradition. Its first Bull's Blood was released in 1993, the year when its founder, Ferenc Vesztergombi was awarded the prestigious “Winemaker of the Year” title in Hungary, and since then it has created red wines that reflect this unique terroir.