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Ten great Balaton wines to try from the 2018 vintage

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 — Mia Kodela

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From the hot and dry weather to a surprisingly early harvest, 2018 was a year full of surprises for winemakers. With the first bottles of the new vintage already in stores, here’s a selection of ten great whites and rosés.

Dobosi Winery – Organic Olaszriesling 2018

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Dobosi Winery

8272 Szentantalfa, Fő utca 81.
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Organic farming is an essential element of the work of this Szentantalfa winery, and this Olaszriesling is certified organic. It has a subtle aroma with the characteristic refreshing sourness of this variety.

Retail price: 1,490 HUF

Figula Winery – Zenit & More 2018

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Figula Family Winery

8230 Balatonfüred, Csárda utca 26.
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This example from long-established Figula is a marriage of the Irsai Olivér and Pinot Gris varieties. With its intensive fruity flavours, this charming wine should win you over after the first sip.

Retail price: 1,850 HUF

Fodorvin – Kékfrankos Rozé 2018

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Fodorvin Family Winery

8281 Szentbékkálla, Dózsa György utca 17.
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The family winery mostly produces whites, but Kékfrankos is also one of their main grapes, especially since it’s a classic base for rosé. This wine has lively acids and a sour fruitiness, resulting in a refreshing drink.

Retail price: 1,700 HUF

Garamvári Estate – Roségold 2018

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Garamvári Vineyard

8638 Balatonlelle, Kishegyi út 42.
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The Garamváris are mostly known for their champagnes, but they make wines, too. Roségold is a marriage of Cuvée, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. A rich, spicy wine with the scent of red berries and cherry.

Retail price: 1,135 HUF

Jásdi Wine Terrace

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Jásdi Wine Cellar

8229 Csopak, Arany János utca 2.
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The award-winning winemaker of the Jásdi winery has produced a light wine made with the Cserszegi Fűszeres variety. It has the rich scent of meadow flowers and herbs, making every sip a delight.

Retail price: 1,890 HUF

Kislaki – Rozé 2018

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Kislaki Wine Manufacture

8691 Balatonboglár-Szőlőskislak, Fő utca 44.
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The rosé of this south shore winery is a combination of almost all of their blue-grape varieties. It’s a cool wine with a lively acidity and the aroma of strawberry, redcurrant and rose hip.

Retail price: 1,135 HUF

Konyári Cellar – Márton Napi Újbor 2018

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Konyári Wine Cellar

8638 Balatonlelle, Kishegy, 0113/7. hrsz.
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One of the best-known wineries of the south shore has created a fresh wine that goes well with goose by mixing Chardonnay and Zenit varieties.

Retail price: 1,790 HUF

Laposa Winery – Illatos 2018

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Laposa Winery

8261 Badacsonytomaj, Római út 197.
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This Badacsony winery mostly uses the native varieties of the region. Their latest creation, made from Muscat Ottonel, a floral international variety, is a refreshing and light wine that brings the flavour of spring with every sip.

Retail price: 1,790 HUF

Pócz Cellar – Irsai Olivér 2018

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Pócz Winery

8638 Balatonlelle, Kishegy, Hrsz. 107/6
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Known for their fruity wines, this Balatonlelle winery has produced an Irsai Olivér filled with the taste of grapes, green apples, citrus and elderflower. It has a lively acidity and a low alcohol content. This is a truly airy and fragrant wine.

Retail price: 1,200 HUF

Villa Pátzay Wine Estate – Premium Pinot Noir Rose 2018

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The second vintage of this Badacsony winery, the Pinot Noir Rosé is part of their Premium line, and showcases a subtle elegance. The light wine can be described with the fruitiness of peach, raspberries and strawberries, making it the perfect companion for a light lunch.

Retail price: 2,350 HUF

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