Viale Mandorlato Zenit Etyeki Budai 2011

By | October 10, 2013

LaithwaitesThis  bottle came in a mixed case from Laithwaites.  It comes from just West of Budapest, so whilst I have cycled through plenty of Hungarian vineyards, on my way down the Danube I’m afraid this wasn’t one of them.

It’s pale, clear and bright, and it smells slightly floral, but you really have to get in there and give it a good sniff, it’s not very aromatic.  It’s dry, with quite a hit of acidity. It’s medium in alcohol but bordering on light bodied, there’s just not a great deal of flavour to it.  There’s a little blossom, and a smidge of nondescript fruit but you do rather have to go looking for it, and it doesn’t stick around long.

That said, if you’re looking for something light and inoffensive, this is a reasonable choice.  It seemed to get better with plenty of cooling.

I suspect it’s a wine best enjoyed sitting on the banks of the Danube after a long day’s cycling.  I had plenty of fabulous wines doing that, but I’m sure they wouldn’t seem quite so much like the Nectar of the Gods on a wet and windy night in October back in England after a long drive down the motorway.  Sometimes wines are best enjoyed at their homes rather than yours.