Kadarka is an indigenous grape that originated in the Balkans but has grown in Hungary for centuries. In the 18th and 19th centuries, most of Eger was planted with Kadarka; today the grape is rare, with few winemakers working with this valuable, ancient varietal. This is a spicy and fruity Kadarka selection. Dense and deep plum, strawberry and raspberry dominate the nose. Beautiful spiciness on the mouth, elegantly focused, with ripe fruits and barrel notes complementing a lingering finish. Varietals: Kadarka (100%). Natural fermentation methods, with native yeasts in 1,000 liter open vats and manual punch-down. Aging in both new and used Hungarian oak. Natural wine. Very low sulfites added. No fining or filtering. Alcohol: 14.5%
About the winemaker
It was on the Nagy-Eged hill, Hungary’s tallest peak famous for winemaking, where Marcell’s father purchased 45 hectares in 2000, when the land was mostly still overgrown from disuse during the communist era. Today Marcell runs the family winery, producing high-quality natural wines from these and neighboring lands. Marcell describes his winemaking process as “well thought-out, stable, and slightly romantic,” refusing to use pesticides and making his wines using traditional techniques. He studied viticulture in Hungary and abroad, and worked in Napa and the Rhone Valley.