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2017 Irsai Oliver, Frittmann

2017 Irsai Oliver, Frittmann
ref. FRIT170 JUN18

Wine Variety: Irsai Oliver is a grape bred in Hungary in 1930 by crossing two other wine grapes (Pozsonyi and Pearl of Csaba in case you are interested). And it was, itself, crossed with another variety to create Cserszegi Fuszeres, a vine some of you will remember from a Daily Drinker mailing past. Until the late noughties it was only grown as a table grape: wine from this variety is a very recent thing, evidently!

Wine Region: The Great Plain boasts a fully continental climate, having cold winters and very hot summers. Soils here are mainly sandy loess, this latter consisting of particles deposited over millennia by the wind. Wine has been made in Hungary since Roman times at the very least. The country’s most celebrated wine is, of course, Tokaji, made outside the town of Mad in the north east of the country.

Wine Producer: Frittmann work 130 hectares split evenly between their own and partner vineyards, in the Great Plain in south central Hungary to the east of the River Danube. Frittmann were voted Hungarian Winery of the Year in 2015.

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£13.00
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£78.00
Style
Style:
Dry White - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Irsai Oliver
  Producer
Producer:
Frittmann
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12%
  Country
Country:
Hungary
  Appellation
Appellation:
Kun
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2019
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
The Great Plain
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

A very pale wine indeed in the glass: just a hint of lemon about it. The nose has an airy, sweet-shop scent about it. There are aromas of candied rose petals here, as well as sugared almonds and a fresh orange tang. The palate has good weight. Rhubarb combines with those rose petals and an almost green pea-like flavour. There’s a touch of something earthy here. A direct wine, the finish earthy and quite solid. Interesting wine. Hard cheese? Or on its own, perhaps. Young goat’s cheese could be the way to go!

#3wordtastingnote:  delicate, fragrant, but focused

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