Kardos Vineyards Estate
Furmint 2018, Kardos Vineyards Estate
Hungary / Tokaj
Andy's Tasting Notes
Hard to tie down – think very elegant Sancerre fused with equally elegant Chablis and you’ll be getting there. The fruit flavours of pear, gooseberry and lime are very understated but not in a wishy washy way. The crisp minerally overtone adds freshness and balance.
A lovely wine to sip and savour.
Price per bottle £10.90
Located in the crazy sounding village of Mád (regarded as Tokaj’s most important and prestigious wine area), Kardos Vineyards has been in the family for centuries, however, the opportunity to build the Kardos winery was only possible after the Central and Eastern Europe revolution of 1989. From humble beginnings of selling wines from their cellar door and to local bars, this boutique winery started to get more serious when the owners son, Gábor Jnr. came on board full time in 2008. Abandoning a law degree for the land, Gábor Jnr started modernising the winery, introducing strict yield restrictions, multiple bunch selection and selective harvesting techniques – all of which dramatically increased overall wine quality.
With vineyards in Mád and the two neighbouring villages of Rátka and Bodrogkeresztúr, Kardos produce (in the words of Gábor Jnr) “Characteristic dry white Tokaji and late harvest sweet wines by optimising the exceptionally characteristics and extraordinary uniqueness of the Mád terroir”. Their philosophy is to ‘Create of as natural wines as possible from concentrated, healthy, raw materials, in a clean environment and with as little intervention as possible’.
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