This wine has the wonderful name of Bull’s Blood (or ’Egri Bikaver’ as it is known in Hungarian) because of its lovely dark, deep colour. Don’t worry: there is no blood in the wine! The attractive deep ruby colour comes from a blend of 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Kekfrankos, 20% Merlot, 17% Sarah, 13% Kardaka, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Pinot Noir.
This Bull’s Blood has lovely black cherry, cassis and plum fruit on the nose and complex aromas from maturation in oak for a long period of time (think cinnamon, clove, vanilla and spiced tea aromas). Because this wine is also from 2013, it has developed beautifully adding some mature leather, mushroom and black tea characters to the nose and palate. Like a bull, it also offers a full body with lots of tannin, structure and a rich finish from its well-balanced high alcohol. A wonderfully complex expression of this Hungarian classic wine presented here in a modern, fruit-driven style with careful maturation in oak.