Kékfrankos

Villány 2015

Velvety red, not overly thick. Expressive spiciness in the nose with black pepper, Marjory, thyme dominance.  Ultimate Hungarian aroma profile from the “before Paprika-times”. Cherry and tart cherry bursting on the palate with discreet vanilla-cloves barrel spices. Very light tannins, great minerality.  A Mediterranean Blaufrankisch, probably the best we have ever made. A big Sauska-team favorite.

Varietal composition: kékfrankos
Recommended drinking temperature: 12 ℃
Alcohol content: 13 %
Bottle size: 0,75 l
Details

Winemaking

Hand-sorted and pre-cooled berries briefly cold-soaked. 35 days of total maceration in stainless steel tanks. After gentle pressing aged  for 15 months in used (70%) and new (30 %) French oak barrels.

The Year

After the rainy end of 2014 and very soft winter, we expected some infections early spring but managed to handle them successfully. Spring was short as usual in the last decade with prompt heat waves and unexpected cool periods. We had an ideal blooming time that resulted loose, healthy bunches. Summer and early fall were hot as hell also very dry. Still, our vineyards managed to avoid drought by utilizing the residual water in the deepest layers of the soil left from previous winter. The expected early harvest got delayed by a longer rainy period but did not affect quality. We harvested an awesome amount of wonderful fruit on every one of our vineyards without exception – and very much looking forward to tasting the wines of 2015.

Details

Type Wine
Acidity 6 g/l
Alcohol content 13 %
Varietal composition: kékfrankos
pH 3,4
Bottle size 0,75 l
Beginning of harvest 2015-10-01
Bottling date 2017-07-10
Vinification in new and used French barrels
Ageing time 15 Month
Vineyards Zuhánya

Tasting

Velvety red, not overly thick.
Expressive spiciness in the nose with black pepper, Marjory, thyme dominance. Ultimate Hungarian aroma profile from the “before Paprika-times”.
Cherry and tart cherry bursting on the palate with discreet vanilla-cloves barrel spices. Very light tannins, great minerality.