2015 Szoke Mátyás KIRÁLYLEÁNKA
An hour and a half north east of Budapest and next door to the famous wine¬growing region Eger, the Mátra mountains have been planted with vineyards since at least the 11th century. Wine production even predates the arrivals of the Magyar tribes – ancestors to today’s Hungarians. The most important family owned winery of the district is the Mátyás Szőke Winery in the town of Gyöngyöstarján.
Located at the base of Hungary’s highest peak Kékes and a part of a long dormant volcanic chain that extends all the wayt to Tokaji, its clayey chocolate colored soils and moderate climate give wines both density and lift. Although “Szőke” means blonde, Szőke Mátyás’s (in Hungarian it is sur¬name first) hair has long turned silver, but he and his wines still share a sunny and particularly youthful disposition.
Mátyás continues to manage the vineyards and sales, while his son Zoltán, a university trained enologist, makes the wine and runs the cellar. The estate produces a wide range of native and international, mainly dry white wines, that could be aptly compared to lighter examples from Alsace, France.
Királyleányka, originally from Transylvania and most likely a cross between Kövérszőlő and Leányka, is a highly regarded native white grape. And although usually consumed by large Hungarian men, the name actually translates to “Little Princess.” When made in this un¬oaked reductive style, it has Muscat like aromas, tangy acidity, citrus fruit, and a mineral backbone that harks back to the volcanic soils of the Mátra mountains. Stylistically, it’s almost as if an Austrian Gruner Veltliner and a Northern Italian Pinot Grigio had a baby. Bright, fresh, and dry on the finish. Extremely versatile and unique.
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