2008 Szöke Irsai Oliver Matraalja

SKU #1048527

Hungary's largest historic wine-region is located at the foot of the Mátra Mountains in the northeast part of the country. The Mátraalja wine region is a half hour ride from Budapest and next to the famous Eger wine region. On the southern slopes of the Mátra mountains (translated as Mátraalja) wine growing began in the 11th century. The soil, the climate and the beneficial influence of the immediately adjacent Mátra hills create a special microclimate where lovers of aromatic white wines with fine acidity can find a real paradise. The most important family owned winery of the Mátraalja wine-district is the Mátyás Szőke Winery in the town of Gyöngyöstarján. This particular bottle is 100% Irsai Oliver, a relative of Muscat, and indeed, it smells and tastes a bit like dry-fermented Muscat, with added minerality and acidity. In other words, it's like nothing else. It is also a terrific value! Impress you friends with something new and different!

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- Better known for its paprika than its wine, Hungary is nonetheless one of Eastern Europe's most significant wine-producing countries. Exerjo, Furmint, Hárslevelü and Mezesfeher are just some of the indigenous (and unpronounceable!) varieties most widely planted. And Tokaji is Hungary's biggest success story. Made since the sixteenth century, Tokaji is an extremely sweet wine that was adored by the Russian Tsars. It is made in a manner similar to Sherry, and is reputed to be the longest lived, non-fortified wine in existence (a few hundred years is not unheard of). Hungary's continental climate--predictably cold winters and hot summers--makes it an ideal location for Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon as well. Click for a list of bestselling items from Hungary.