Hungarian white wine

One of Hungary’s trump cards is its wide array of distinctive grape varieties, especially when it comes to those for making white wines. Many of these are common to the Carpathian Basin, although a few are all but restricted to one particular region. Some are as old as the trees, while others came about through the work of creative wine scientists such as Pál Kocsis and Károly Bakonyi.

Nyakas Budai Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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Light-bodied white wine

Complex floral and fruity aroma with mineral notes, elderflower, green apple, goosberry and freshly cut grass.

Food pairing: with spicy starters, salmon, creamy sauces, or goats cheese

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Alcohol:
12%
£7.00

Was £11.45

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Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Dry 2014
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Medium-bodied white wine

This fresh, reductive wine was pruduced with the blending of the main grape varieties of the Tokaj Wine Region. 85% Furmint gives a full-bodied, round character to this wine. Hárslevelű and Yellow Muscat notes awaken the elegant features in the nose and result in a unique and complex dry wine.

Food pairing: as an aperitif or with fish or white meats

Wine style:
Alcohol:
13%
£7.80

Was £11.65

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Nyakas Budai Irsai Olivér 2014
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Light-bodied white wine

Crisp and refreshing pungent aromas, reminiscent of some Muscats, but with more spicy flavours with a hint of fennel.

Food pairing: with spicy asian food, seafood, pasta, or vegetable salad

Wine style:
Alcohol:
11%
£8.50

Was £11.45

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While Furmint is touted by many as Hungary’s dry white hope, there are other deliciously distinctive dry whites waiting in the wings. Hárslevelű, which is steely Furmint’s seductive partner in the world-renowned sweet Tokaji Aszú, is showing that it can really capture the nuances of terroir to go with its heady aromatic and fruity appeal. Hungary’s most widely planted white grape is Olaszrinzling and while as Welschriesling in Austria it is generally considered an easy-drinking bottom shelf variety, in Hungary it is showing a real affinity for the plethora of volcanic soils when yields are kept low. Cheap but very cheerful Irsai Olivér and Királyleányka dazzle with their floral fruitiness.