The Ball of Hungarian Wines – celebration of Hungarian Wines – has been engaged in presenting high quality domestic wines in a first-class environment for a decade.
The event will be held on 21 February 2015 in the InterContinental Budapest. The five-course menu will be accompanied by wines selected for each dish. After the diner guests will have the opportunity to taste forty additional wine varieties.
Winelovers Group, the organizer of the event, selected the wines served with the menu with the aim of presenting all major types of wines which demonstrate the wide variety of local wines. As a result, traditional champagne, Olaszrizling (italian riesling), Furmint, Kékfrankos, red cuvee and Tokaji Aszú will be presented. In this year Kadarka will be the guest wine of the festival.
János Cseh master-chef created the menu served with selected wines, helped by Róbert Melis, sous-chef of InterContinental. Gabriella Mészáros will be the sommelier and gastronomic adviser of the ball.
Selected wines of the year:
Szőlőbirtok (Wine estate) of Garamvári – Vincent Tokaji Furmint Brut
This traditionally prepared champagne is based on Furmint from the region of Tokaj. This 2011 vintage wine has been fermented over twenty eight months on it own residue. This freshly released item has been born in the Budafok Champagne Cellars, established in 1897 by the Garamvári family in the Palugya cellar.
Bujdosó Szőlőbirtok and Pincészet (Cellars) – Cirkáló Olaszrizling 2013
Grapes were collected from a newly planted vineyard located on the south-western Csirip plateau. This wine has been fermented in new barrels made of medium smoked Zemplén oak, held on fine residue until the end of January. The name of the wine is originated from the sailboat called “Pannónia Cirkáló (Cruiser)”, manned by the Bujdosó brothers in the seventies.
Szent Tamás (Saint Thomas) – Mád Furmint 2013
The first of the Mád series is the Furmint. This wine is aimed to demonstrate the mineral character of plantations located in the vicinity of the village, along with displaying the structure and aroma of the most significant vine variety of this region. In order to reach the final balance, this wine was fermented in steel tanks.
Dúzsi Tamás Pincéje (Cellar) – Szekszárdi Kadarka 2011
This Kadarka is originated from Nagy Bödő, located in east Szekszárd. This traditionally cultivated vineyard is 80-100 years old. Fermentation was completed in a huge, open wooden vat before transferred to large barrels. In September 2013 this wine – which is a significant variety of the Szekszárd region – was bottled and fermentation was completed.
Takler Pince – Szekszárdi Kékfrankos Reserve 2012
The base of this Kékfrankos is supplied mainly from older vine stock, grown in vineyards of Szenta-valley, Gurovica-, Strázsa-hills and Decsi-hill. Grapes were harvested under strict selection rules. This serious Kékfrankos was fermented in five hundred litre capacity new Hungarian oak barrels over fourteen months.
Gere Attila Pincészete – Kopar 2011
This iconic cellar is the producer of Villány – if not the entire country’s – most familiar wine brand. The vintage of 2011 is based on 50% cabernet franc, supplemented by 40% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon. This red cuvee was fermented over 16 months, 60 % in new barrique and 40% in large wooden barrels.
Disznókő – Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2006
Year 2006 was an exceptionally good year in the whole country. We are glad to present this product in its high quality preserved over this long period of time – only the Tokaji Aszú can achieve this result. Collection of impeccable grapes was allowed by the exceptionally warm Indian summer and sunny autumn prevailed in Disznókő Szőlőbirtok (Vineyard).
Date: 21 February 2015
Location:InterContinental Budapest, Hungary.
Limited number of tickets
Fee: HUF 63 500,-