Balla Géza, Kadarka, Minis, Transylvania, Romania 2020
(at Carousel, London W1, 22 Feb 2023)
Drinking Window: 2023 - 2024
And now for something different... I loved this wine, which comes distinctively packaged in a bottle wrapped in brown paper. It's made from the Kadarka grape, also commonly found in Hungary (and in Bulgaria, where it's known as Gamza). It can make full, tannic reds, but this expression is lighter in body, delightfully fresh and fruity. It's bright, palish ruby in colour and sings with aromas and flavours of fresh morello cherry, juicy and pure. There's a decent grip on the finish. I'd serve this very slightly chilled, as an alternative to Beaujolais.