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Kovács Nimród Monopole 777 Pinot Noir 2016

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Kovács Nimród Winery

Hand-crafted organic wine that really captures the terroir.

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Production

The Kovács Nimród vineyards are farmed organically and primarily planted with Burgundian Northern Rhone varieties. These vines feel very much at home in the Egar as it is located on a similar latitude to that of Burgundy, and thanks monks from Burgundy planting vines in this area centuries ago, the area has grown into a world class wine producing region. KNW have three vineyards including Nagy Eged (Eger) and Nyilasmár (Noszvaj) - both classified as ‘Grand Cru’ and incorporating around 10 and 8 hectares respectively, and Nagfai - 12 hectares of ‘Premier Cru’ vines also located in Noszvaj, one of the major wine growing districts of the Eger region situated just 8km outside the main town. Nagy Eged vineyard located in Eger is a steep-sloping site facing south-southwest. Its unique exposure consists of limestone-laden soils which contribute to the mineral character in the wines. Varietals planted here include Furmint, Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Nagfai vineyard sits on gently-undulating south facing slopes of the Bükk and is interspersed with rocks. It produces well-balanced and rounded wines and is planted mainly with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Kékfrankos, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Kovacs’ Nyilasmár vineyard is blessed with a unique microclimate due to Lake Bogács. This site is comprised of granite/volcanic soils and has a south-southwesterly exposure. The soils are rich in minerals which result in distinctive, fine, fresh, and fruit-packed wines. The main varietals grown here include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Kékfrankos. This particular wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes exclusively selected from their Noszvaj vineyard sites of Nagyfai and Nyilasmár Monopole. The wine has been aged in 70% Hungarian and 30% French oak barrels for 15 months (30% are new barrels). Production is just over 5,500 bottles.

Tasting notes

Fragrant sandalwood and herbal medicinal notes follow through into cherry, wild strawberry, raspberry and pepper spice aromas. Gentle characters of leather and tobacco also add complexity to this intriguing Pinot. Moderate tannins with good body. The long aging in oak barrels gives this wine a velvety and round finish making it very moreish.

Food match

Young, pink lamb; mushroom risotto; duck.

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