2008 Szöke Irsai Oliver Matraalja
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!