Szekszárd


 

The grapes for the Szekszárd Kékfrankos come from our younger plantations with vines aged between 5 to 10 years. Lower in concentration and with bright fruit aromas it is a genuine expression of the Szekszárd terroir and provides the right balance for an everyday bistro red.

Conventional plant protection
No use of herbicides and insecticides
(certified organic conversion started in 2020)

Careful manual shoot and bunch selection
 
Hand harvest in 15kg boxes
Between 11-14 September
Yield 8-10 tons/ha

Baranya-völgy young vine terraces and
virgin vintage in Csötönyi-völgy

Conventional plant protection
No use of herbicides and insecticides
(certified organic conversion started in 2020)

Careful manual shoot and bunch selection
 
Hand harvest in 15kg boxes
Between 27th of September and 1st of October
Yield 5-9 tons/ha

Baranya-völgy young vine terraces and
virgin vintage in Csötönyi-völgy

In 2018 flowering started early, at the end of May and it was followed by a warm and dry summer. In the Baranya-völgy Kékfrankos vineyard one could find shrivelled berries as early as mid-August. Harvest started right after my wedding ceremony on August 21 and we had to be quick. 2 days of heavy rains (90-100mm) at the beginning of September caused some delay. The grapes coming from younger vineyards provide less tannins and lower alcohol. The bunches were picked at optimal ripeness and the berries were full of flavours.

Retrospectively, 2018 wines are quite sharp and focused, due to the very rapid, extreme vegetation conditions. Aromatic profile is driven more by dried fruits and herbs, warm spices.

The 2018 harvest has brought whole scale changes to our winery. What started earlier as experiments have now been applied to much larger lots: whole cluster fermentation, conversion from cultured yeast to indigenous yeast (pied de cuve) and long maceration in 5000-8000 litre wood or steel fermentation vats. We wanted to transfer the post-fermentation marc containing the pips in the most gentle way to the press, so instead of using pumps we opted for manual tools: spades and big boxes.

The new way of fermenting has resulted in unprecedented freshness and intensity in our Kékfrankos and to preserve these characteristics we decided to age the wines in steel tanks and large barrels for shorter periods.
 
Spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel and wooden fermenters
partly with whole bunches (ut to 30%)
Delicate extraction with daily 2x pigeage or pump-over
Pressed without pumping after 20-24 days of skin contact
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation

Aging in large barrels and stainless steel tanks for 8 months.

Estate bottled without fining and
with coarse filtration.

JamesSuckling.com, Stuart Pigott

Although this is open and spicy on the nose, in line with the character of the vintage, this has very nice harmony, with a savory note married to ripe red fruit on the medium- bodied palate. Quite long, supple finish. Drink now.
**** Score: 90 Points

WineAlign, John Szabo MS

Here's a lovely, clean, fragrant, gently spicy and herbal kékfrankos from Szekszárd in southern Hungary, wild fermented with whole bunches and aged in large old Hungarian oak barrel. Fruit oscillates between red and black, always fresh, accented by subtle stemmy-twiggy flavours, earth and brown spice. Acids provide most of the grip on the palate, enhancing light and refined tannins. Length and depth are very good. A fine wine at the price and nice representation of the variety and region. Enjoy now or cellar short term. Tasted December 2021.
***** 89 points

Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com

I don’t think there is a better description for this wine than vin de soif. A wine that really does make you thirsty for the next sip! (The next glass!) It has the quiet charcuterie-like meatiness of Cinsault on the nose along with woodsy florals and tomato vine. It tastes of bramble berries picked from late-summer hedgerows, warm from the sun but with the leafiness and fragrant earthiness of footpaths and damp grassy banks and wild herbs. So mouth-watering and so gentle. Good Value (TC)
Drink 2020 – 2024
16,5 points

Dr. Jamie Goode, WineAnorak.com »

Fresh, vivid, sweetly fruited and a bit spicy. Supple and bright, with a pepper and spice edge to the cherry and berry fruits, with a slightly tangy finish. Lovely purity and freshness here. Some fine green hints, with a crystalline quality on the finish. Shows freshness and delicacy with lovely purity to the fruit: this is low in alcohol but properly ripe.
93/100

Paul Kern, Weinkenner.de »

Ein feder­leich­ter Kekfrankos-Vertreter. Der Wein setzt auf Fri­sche statt auf Fül­le, erin­nert Schwarz­kir­sche und unrei­fe Brom­bee­ren. Bur­gen­land­fans dürf­te die Wür­ze feh­len, alle ande­ren sich über den enor­men Trink­fluss.

Wine.Plus »

Astringent, cooler, a hint of animal scents of black and a little red berries with floral and vegetal nuances. Slim, clear, firm, finely juicy fruit, slightly smoky, dried vegetable and peppery aromas, youthful, fine tannin, some bite, salty nuances, good finish. Very good. 85 WP

Pécsi Borozó - Kékfrankos Test»

Lilás szín, visszafogott illat, élénk savak, nagyon üde, rengeteg gyümölccsel. Ibolya és cseresznye, ásványosság, egyszerre laza és mutat mélységet is. Nem klasszikusan, könnyen emészthető kékfrankos, de egy natúr, bizsumentes tisztaság van benne.
90 pont

Alder Yarrow, Vinography.com

Medium purple in the glass, this wine smells of a little struck match and mulberry fruit. In the mouth, powdery tannins wrap like gauze around a core of mulberry and dried herbs. With hints of cassis in the finish. Fermented with 20-25% whole cluster and aged in large Hungarian barrels. Excellent acidity. 12.0% alcohol. Score: around 9 

Tomasz Prange-Barczynski, Ferment

Great forest fruit, clean pallet, racy character of kékfrankos. Well structured, showing Middle- European style, pleasant and very useful. 88 points

Enjoy between 2020-2025
slightly chilled, preferably out of Burgundy glasses.

„Szekszárd Bottle” is a regional quality seal, that may be used only for Kadarka, Kékfrankos and Szekszárd Bikavér wines, after passing a rigorous test.

Grape varietieskékfrankos
Alcohol12.24 %
Residual sugar1.2 g/l
Total acidity5.4 g/l
Total sulphur76 mg/l
Free sulphur6 mg/l
LicenceGSGM
Allergenscontains sulfites
ClosureDIAM 5 – guaranteed no cork taint
eCap 100% recyclable aluminium capsule
Total Production18000 bottles of 750ml

2019 started with a dry and warm March and it was followed by a cold and rainy May, slowing down the initial rapid growth of the vines. From June on, a warm and dry summer granted reliable flowering and berry development, which led us to start harvest in the first days of September.

The second vintage of our Heimann & Fiai lineup. We carried through with selective hand harvests and use of whole bunches in every fermenting lot. Our 2019 wines show a ripe, approachable, fresh-fruit driven character that’s typical for Szekszárd – and a puristic aromatic freshness that we see as hallmark of Heimann & Fiai Kékfrankos. We see 2019 as a top vintage, both in quantity and quality.

In 2019, we continued and slightly improved the winemaking processes we started a year earlier. After sorting, the grapes received were partially processed with whole bunches and fermented with our own yeast flora.

The fermented grape marc, including the stalks, was fed into the press as gently as possible, so we used a double manual operation with a shovel and a big box instead of a pump. 

The new way of fermenting has resulted in unprecedented freshness and intensity in our Kékfrankos and to preserve these characteristics we decided to age the wines in steel tanks and large barrels for shorter periods.
 
Spontaneous fermentation in a traditional wooden fermenter and some small plastic bins

Delicate extraction with daily 2x pump-over
Pressed without pumping after 12-21 days of skin contact
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation
 
Barrel aging for 12 months in large,
1000 liter Hungarian barrels
 
Estate bottled
without fining and with course kieselgur filtration.

JamesSuckling.com

Complex nose of elderberry, smoke, roasted meat and wet earth. This is sleek and very focused, but the fine tannins provide restrained warmth that beautifully accentuates the fresh acidity. I love the interplay of red fruit, mineral and spice character at the moderately long finish. Drink or hold.
**** Score: 93 Points

Wine.Plus »

Clear scent of blackberries and a little red berries with dried-vegetable to herbal nuances. Polished, tart-juicy fruit with herbal notes and slightly nutty spice, also a hint of cocoa in the background, fine sandy, crumbly tannin, some persistence, a little salt in the background, good to very good, tart finish with bite.
Very good. 87 WP.

Best to drink until 2026+

Enjoy between 2022-2030
slightly chilled, preferably out of Burgundy glasses.

„Szekszárd Bottle” is a regional quality seal, that may be used only for Kadarka, Kékfrankos and Szekszárd Bikavér wines, after passing a rigorous test.

Grape varietiesKékfrankos
Alcohol13.00 %
Residual sugar1.9 g/l
Total acidity5.2 g/l
Total sulphur40 mg/l
Free sulphur7 mg/l
Allergenscontains sulphites
ClosureArdeaSeal closures guarantee a consistent and uniform development in bottle with no risk of TCA.
Total Production11.000 bottles of 750 ml