Kardos Vineyards Estate
Kardos Padihegy Furmint 2015, Kardos Vineyards Estate
Hungary / Tokaj
Andy's Tasting Notes
Sensational. This is a truly world class white wine – it just keeps morphing into different textures and flavours as it develops in the glass. Austere – in a very nice way – for lovers of all things minerally and linear.
From vines grown in the Betsek vineyard of Mád and the Padihegy vineyard of Rátka (where the vine age averages between 35 – 45 years), grapes were carefully hand harvested into small containers before being placed into an old wooden basket press to gently extract the juice. After barrel fermenting with natural wild yeast and a further 6 months barrel aging, the wine is bottled.
Price per bottle £26.50
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’.
Food matchCod loin with lemon butter