Masterwork of a lesser master – Etyeki Kúria Chardonnay 2017

Sándor Mérész seems to have hit upon the right formula for producing more than decent chardonnay in Hungary. Though the summer of 2017 could be described as a series of heatwaves this wine shows no signs of stress or overripeness. In fact, the balance is well-nigh perfect and the intensity cannot be faulted either.

The nose is elegant, attractive and fairly complex. It displays notes of ginger, tangerine, pineapple, wood smoke and herbs. The palate is succulent and textured with good weight, delicious fruit and it is really well balanced. The depth of flavour and the tangy, tannic tension on the finish makes you want to come back for more. I think that this wine is in contention for the title of „Best Ever Oak Management in a Hungarian White”.

6 points and it represents great value at 8 euros.