White wines rich in fragrances and acids are typical of the Ászár wine region. These include Chardonnay, Olaszrizling, Ezerjó, Rizlingszilváni, Green Veltelini, Irsai Olivér, Cserszegi Fűszeres, Tramini and Muscat Ottonel, but lately Sauvignon Blanc, Rhine Rizling and Leányka started to spread too.
In recent years, the cultivation of red wine grapes has been reviving. These include Kékfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot, but with a few exceptions they are primarily used as a base for rosé wines.
The wine selection of our winery also follow these traditional, regional trends.
Rizlingszilváni (or Müller-Thurgau) is not only one of the most popular wines of our winery, but it is also one of the main varieties of the Ászár wine region. It’s a hybrid grape variety of Swiss origin, known in many countries as Müller Thurgau. An early ripening, rich white wine grape, that produces a light, fragrant, fast developing wine, with medium sugar level, low acidity and very harmonious flavour.
Szürkebarát, also known as Pinot Gris or Pino Grigio, is the main variety and the flagship wine of the Ászár wine region. It originates from France and is a member of the Pinot family (direct relative of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir). Medium-ripened (end of September, early October), medium-bodied white wine grape variety. Szürkebarát is full of delicious acids, perfume-like scents, walnut, smoky, spicy, and sometimes honey-like taste, whether it is a dry, a sweet or, in a even super-sweet (noble-rot) version.
Szürkebarát (or Pinot Gris) is a very good grape breed for late harvesting if the autumn is long and dry enough. 2018 was one of those, so we were able to harvest well-matured grape.
The alcohol content of this matured wine is over 13% vol, which makes it ideal for aging. Which we did, putting in away for 3 months into brand new oak barrels. The barreled aging gives an additional nice fragrances and aroma notes to this wine.
Cserszegi fűszeres is a Hungarian grape variety, which was created by Károly Bakonyi from the Irsai Oliver and Red Tramini (Roter Traminer) grape varieties in Cserszegtomaj near Keszthely in 1960. The word fűszeres means spicy. The grape variety has a high yield with high sugar content. It is less sensitive to cold (initially it was intended for the northern part of the country), but may suffer from drought. It ripens early and is picked in the second half of September. Wine made from it is usually dry or off dry, with harmonious acids, a distinctive aroma, a spicy taste and a Muscat-like scent.
cserszegi fűszeres (SEMI SWEET)
Due to a late harvest of this Cserszegi Fuszeres, we ended up with a dessert wine with 26 grams of residual sugar and a strong muscatel scent. The distinctive scent of this grape variety is evident straight after opening. The muscatel scent of the wine, its spicy aroma, its harmonic acidity and its long finish makes this a very pleasant wine for anyone.
Chardonnay is a hard character wine but with a delicate acidity and a full-bodied taste. The excellent Aszar (Neszmely region) micro-climate and the production area creates its excellent quality and special composition.
Thanks to reductive technology, it’s a fresh tasting wine which nicely retains its primary fragrances.
Our first sparkling wine is made from Rizlingszilváni (or Müller-Thurgau). Since it’s known to be a fast-growing, maturing wine, we thought to take the advantages of the primary fragrances and higher content and boost it up with the added carbon dioxide. This way we get an exciting Frizzante type wine, which we highly recommend for holidays or to just lighten up a boring, gray everyday.