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Colour White
Wine region Badacsony
Grape variety Kéknyelű

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Kéknyelű is a relatively rare white variety which grows only in Hungary, principally on the volcanic soils of Badacsony on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. It is not the easiest of varieties to grow and is cultivated in the ancient style with separate rows of both male and female grapevines; it needs its male counterpart, Budai Zöld, in order to pollinate as it only has female flowers.

The wine has a pale lemon colour and can yield a savoury, smoky wine with hints of gunpowder, lemon, stone fruits, white blossom and herbs. It is generally full to medium bodied, with high acidity and high alcohol and demonstrates well the minerality of Badacsony’s characteristic basalt terroir. It is a heady, perfumed and refined wine, which shines with a sense of place. It can be drunk young but thanks to its high acidity, it comes into its own after a few years, developing an attractive honeyed nuttiness with bottle age.

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