Hungarian results at Decanter Asia
Decanter Asia Wine Award results have just been announced. More than 3000 wines from 37 countries have been judged by 50 international experts, certanly with many Asian palates. Hungarian wines obtained 20 medals altogether, though this year gold medals were not given to Hungarian ones. 6 silver medals, 11 bronze medals and 3 commended awards were given to our country. The most successful of the Hungarian wineries is definitely South Balaton Kristinus Wine Estate with 5 medals, 2 silver and 3 bronze.
- Villány estate Csányi Winery also got 2 medals: Chateau Teleki Villányi Franc 2015 and Elegance Cuvée 2012 bronze medals.
- Vylyan Vineyard and Winery also from Villány won 2 medals: silver for All in one 2012 and bronze for Montenuovo Cuvée 2014
- Grand Tokaj from Tokaj again won two awards: bronze for 5 puttonyos Tokaji Aszú 2013 and commended for Szamorodni 2013.
- Holdvölgy (Tokaj) and Szepsy (Tokaj) also won 2-2 medals. while MAD Ltd won 3 medals.
Kristinus Sommelier Line proves its value
The relatively new wine label of Kristinus Wine Estate, the so called Sommelier Line is meant for gastronomy, and made with special care. One of the silver winners belong to Sommelier Line, while the other one, Utopia is a new label. The bronze winners are Kristinus Sauvignon Blanc Selection 2016, Cabernet Sauvignon Selection 2015 and Sommelier Pinot Noir 2015.
Silver winner Kristinus Sommelier Merlot 2015
Dark ruby colour. Ripened cherry, sour cherry, dark chocolate and earthy notes on the nose with a hint of coconut and sweetish barrel spices. Medium acidity, medium body, medium alcohol and smooth tannins. Blackberry and lovely, clear cocoa in the aftertaste. Fruity and complex, ready to drink now but it will surely benefit from further bottle ageing. Sommelier Merlot won gold medal at the other prestigious Asian competition, at China Wine&Spirit Awards.
Silver winner Kristinus Utopia 2017
Utopia is made of 49% Chardonnay, 35% Sauvignon Blanc and 16% Szürkebarát (Pinot Gris) and aged in half new, half used oak for 6 months. The medium bodied wine has a balanced acidity with apple, lychee and citrus fruits. Lovely, juicy wine ready to drink but can also be kept for some more years. The wine won a silver medal at China Wine&Spirit Awards and at VinAgora 2018 international competition as well. According to DAWA judges: “Concentrated layers of ripe pear, herbal tea and apple with a vibrant acid core and a mellow, rounded lemony texture.”