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Sauska Pinot Noir

Hungary
REGION
Tokaj
SIZE
75cl
ABV
13%
VINTAGE
2013
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Wine Style - Medium Bodied Red
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TASTE 
Beautiful translucent crimson with intense aromas of meadow flowers, wild strawberries, and red cherries. Opening further, the nose reveals layers of fine tea, graphite, and ripe plum. Generous and silky, the wine blends richness and delicacy on the palate and lead to a fruit-filled finish. Drink now or hold for a few years.

PRODOUCER 
It is a family run winery involving Christian and his wife Andrea.  Christian began producing wine in the early 2000s and with a serious interest in developing the winery he employed Paul Hobbs as a consultant from 2003-2009.  In 2009 he brought on Stefano Chioccioli as consultant who has focused much attention on the indigenous varietals.  Christian produces wines using a blend of indigenous and international varietals.  The fruit is sourced from and also produced in two different locations, Tokaj in north-east Hungary and Villány  in the south-west.

Established in 2000 by Hugarian entrepreneur Christian Sauska in a historic building in Tokaj once known as the Citizens' Casino. From here the wineries white grapes are grown, whilst red grapes are produced in a sister winery located in Villany more suited to those varietals.

VINEYARD 
2013 vintage of the Sauskas was this time around solely made from the clay-rhyolite Birsalmás vineyard, above Mád.The vineyards are located at 160-240 meters on brown loamy soils with volcanic rocks.  The separation helps insulate against hail damage, rain, and disease but it complicates vineyard work and the harvest.  These vineyards are planted with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Hárslevel┼▒, Sárgamuskotály, and Pinot Noir.  The vines are trained regular cordon because the volcanic soil retains and releases heat.  Too low a training would make for dirty grapes when it rains and increase the difficulty of vineyard work.  The vineyards are farmed to reduce chemical use and to be extra careful for vineyards meant to experience botrytis.  They even employ horses in the steeper areas.

WINERY 
Some 60% was fermented in tanks with manual punching down, 40% was hand destemmed in rotating French barrels. This was followed by a very gentle pressing during which they simply drained the juice from the rough lees, then the wine was aged in French, almost 100% new oak barrels.

The wine is produced in a centuries old building located in the center of Tokaj.  This building is a historic monument which already had an old cellar.  Though they faced many regulations in the conversion to a winery they are now able to press the grapes above street level so they can employ gravity to move the juice to the cellar.  To help keep the cellar clean they use germicidal lamps instead of chemicals.

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 13%
Awards
Closure Cork
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Pinot Noir
Vintage 2013
Location
Country Hungary
Region Tokaj
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