Csókaszőlő, Bussay 2020, Lake Balaton, Hungary

£20.00

Csókaszőlő, Bussay 2020

Csókaszőlő is a rare, ancient Hungarian variety, which is experiencing a small revival.  This Bussay Csokaszolo is a dry red wine from Zala, Lake Balaton, Hungary. 

In the glass, this wine has a purple color and aromas of violets, cherries, and blood oranges. On the palate, it is crisp, fresh, and juicy. It has a nice spiciness, with blood orange and sour cherry flavors. It’s like a Pinot or Gamay with it’s own unique personality!

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Csókaszőlő, Bussay 2020

Csókaszőlő is a rare, ancient Hungarian variety, which is experiencing a small revival. In addition to Bussay, there are just a handful of other producers who grow Csókaszőlő. Like several other Hungarian grape varieties which have been revived in the past decades, Csókaszőlő owes its comeback to winemaker Jozsef Szentesi in the Etyek-Buda region. Szentesi has a passion for planting old Hungarian varieties, and then sharing them with other wineries. In 2004 Szentesi was the first winery to commercially produce Csókaszőlő after almost 150 years. Bussay was next. Csóka means jackdaw (a type of bird) and szőlő means wine. Its name comes from the fact that, like the bird, the berries have an almost black color. The Bussay winery has just 0.7 hectares of Csókaszőlő planted, and only produces one barrel of it every year. It was the favorite variety of the late Dr. Laszló Bussay, who founded the Bussay Winery. These days Dr. Dorottya Bussay, Laszló’s daughter, runs the winery, following her father’s vision.

She also fell in love with Csókaszőlő, even though it is very difficult to grow, due to its sensitivity to vine diseases. This wine was spontaneously fermented in an open tank. Two-thirds of it was aged for 10 months in a 1,000 liter previously-used oak cask, and the rest was aged in stainless steel tanks. In the glass, this wine has a purple color and aromas of violets, cherries, and blood oranges. On the palate, it is crisp, fresh, and juicy. 

Aromas of red berries and layers of currants over a textured, lightly smoky palate. It is fresh like a Pinot Noir, but has its own unique character with an earthy finish.

Country: Hungary

Region: Lake Balaton

Grape: Csókaszőlő

Volume: 75cl 

ABV: 12%

Vintage: 2020

Suitable for Vegans: Yes 

Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes

Food pairing: Lamb cutlets, sausages and mash, fresh tomato and basil pasta dishes, grilled chicken, or falafel balls with meze small plates.

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