Exotic Wine Travel Szekszárdról



The Direction of Szekszárd Wine

“The problem in Szekszárd is that all red grapes do well,” Adras Takler of Takler winery told us.
Many of the wineries in Szekszárd want to move toward marketing the region as an elegant red wine area.
The fact that Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon does so well in the microclimate of the region,
that it’s tough to just forget them. Couple that with the fact that there is still a fairly strong local market for big,
luscious, and higher priced red wines.

Through our few days of touring the region, we tasted several excellent Hungarian wines made from international red grapes.
However, many producers are putting their focus on producing elegant reds from the local grapes Kékfrankos
(known internationally as Blaufränkisch) and Kadarka. Many of the producers we visited still make at least one big red wine
from international grapes.

Our verdict? It may be a good move the region towards elegant, smooth reds since nearby Villány does big reds exceptionally well.
However, we can’t fault producers that continue to make excellent big red wines, especially if they can sell them.

The Szekszárd Bottle

In the Fall of 2017, the region introduced a branded bottle – the Szekszárd bottle. The bottle is meant to brand the region and show a mark of quality,
giving consumers confidence. A local committee blind tastes wines that wish to be packaged in the Szekszárd bottle.
Two-thirds of the committee has to approve a wine for it to don the Szekszárd bottles.

The bottle is beautiful and is a hybrid shape, in between a Bordeaux and Burgundy bottle.
It also has the word Szekszárd embossed around the lower shoulders of the bottle.
It’s a bottle that looks attractive and has won us over. All of the wines we have tasted out of the Szekszárd bottle have been very good to outstanding.

We came away very impressed with the quality of Szekszárd wine.
In the video below, you can see what the region looks like and hear some of our thoughts (~9 mins).

    Takler Kékfrankos 2016

For a simple, entry-level red wine, the Takler Kékfrankos over-delivers in a big way.
It’s not made to be a fine wine but it’s flat-out delicious. Juicy and delicious with red fruit,
menthol, and fall leaves. It’s a light bodied and easy to drink Hungarian wine.    3.8/5

    Takler Bikavér Reserve 2015

This is a blend of Kékfrankos, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Kadarka.
The Takler Bikavér Reserve is aged for 12 months in used oak barrels.
Black cherry, eucalyptus, spice, fall leaves, and ripe strawberry flavors dominate the palate.
Medium bodied and juicy, it’s enjoyable to drink and complex at the same. It has a slightly spicy finish.
We’ve had a few older vintages of this and can confidently say this wine ages gracefully in the medium term.    4.2/5

    Takler Syrah Premium 2012

Aged for 16 months in new French Oak with flavors of bacon fat, blackberry, chocolate, blueberry, and spice.
Big and luscious, the Takler Syrah Premium is round on the mouth.
A massive and fruity effort with high alcohol but it works here.
The finish is long and citrus driven, it has a long life ahead of it.    4.4/5