4 March 2023
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Kadarka & Goulash Tasting
Little-known Kadarka grape is mainly grown in the central European Balkan-Pannonian region, in Hungary, Serbia, Romania and in Bulgaria where they call the grape Gamza.
Its origin is somewhat hazy, but it seems that its life began in the south part of the Balkan.
Most of our winemakers go with the story that the origin of Kadarka is around Lake Skadar situated on the border of nowadays Albania and Montenegro. From there it migrated to Hungary, actually to Austria-Hungary, as it was called at the time of the first written documents.
Kadarka wines are typically light- to medium-bodied with a bright acidity and a distinctive spicy aroma. They are known for their red fruit-forward character, with flavors of cherry, raspberry and red currant.
In the North of Serbia, Kadarka is considered a traditional grape variety and is used to produce some of the country’s most famous natural wines, including the appellations Fruška Gora, Sremski Karlovci end Subotica.
On Saturday we have on the tasting table Kadarka wine from Oszkar Maurer and Erno Sagmeister.
Most of these wines are aged in oak barrels, one from amphora, one with semi carbonic maceration.
Sagmeister’s Kadarka comes from the south slopes of the mountain Fruska Gora, Maurers are on the north side next to the river Danube.
Natural dry red wine, vineyard from 1925, fermented in open vat and aged in big old Hungarian oak casks for 9 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Grape variety: Kadarka
Serving temperature: 14-16 C
Alcohol percentage: 12,5%
Content: 0.75 L
Fruity, spicy and has beautiful acids. Wonderful bouquet of red fruit, raspberry and strawberries, light in color, almost translucent. Very drinkable with earthy undertones.
Serve with: fish, roast chicken or veggies. When it comes to pizzas and pastas.. this wine is made for them!
name: Sagmeister – Kadarka Zero 2018
style: natural red wine
grape variety: Kadarka, Kadar
serving temperature: 10-12℃
alcohol percentage: 13%
short tasting note: Notes of dried strawberry, raspberry, undergrowth and white pepper. Silky mouthfeel and bracing acidity keeps this wine juicy and luscious. Long and spicy finish.
Serbia, Fruška Gora
name: Maurer – Kadarka 1880 2019
style: natural red wine
grape variety: Kadarka
serving temperature: 12C
short tasting note: raspberry, pomegranate and blood orange. Hibiscus tea, rhubarb, spice, a hint of aged balsamic and forest floor.
serve with: duck breast, pheasant, rabbit, veal and vegetarian and vegan dishes;smoked beetroot, spicy-sweet roasted pumpkin, morels stew, grilled chanterelle.
It’s advisable to decant this wine.
We also present wine from the oldest Kadarka vineyard on the planet, one of the oldest European vineyards that survived Phylloxera thanks to sandy soils on Noszai Hill in northern Serbia. Kadarka 1880, over 140 years old vines with an average yield of just 200gr per vine.
If Unicorn Wine exists and is more than just an urban legend, this should be one of the few.
For those enjoying local dishes, a bite of Goulash is included in the tasting!