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Wine Style - Medium Bodied Red
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This wine charms the eye with a red ruby color and bright crimson highlights. The nose is marked with notes of rose, raspberry and forest soil. On the palate, the wine has a wonderful concentration of red fruits with subtle savory notes of cloves and toasted hazelnut, which embraces a silky texture and lingering aromatic finish. Enjoy now or keep it for later. Recommended drinking temperature:12 ℃

 Red ruby color and bright crimson highlights.
 Notes of rose, raspberry and forest soil.
 On the palate, the wine has a wonderful concentration of red fruits with subtle savory notes of cloves and toasted hazelnut.

Veal, Pork, Game (deer, venison), Rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), Poultry
Pinot noir is one of the most versatile red wines to match with food and a great option in a restaurant when one of you is eating meat and the other fish.

There are ingredients that will pair with practically any pinot noir such as duck and mushrooms and others, such as salmon or tuna, where they will depending on the way you’ve cooked them and the style of pinot you’re drinking.

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.

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, Hárslevelű, 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.

They have  done essential preservation to the vineyard within  the last two years: vines were restructured, erosion prevention measures were implemented and centuriesold terraces were given a new lease of life. The stone walls were rebuilt in an angle to give solid protection against water downpour and soil erosion. 

The unique exposure and the eroded, clay-rich ryolite loam gives the soil many minerals. Due to these factors the vineyard produces complex wines with great aging potential.

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 60% in used French oak for 15 months.

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.


ABV 13%
Closure Cork
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Pinot Noir
Vintage 2017
Country Hungary
Region Tokaj
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