A surprising Sunday afternoon Hungarian fruit experience #wine

This is a rather unusual wine – unusual because of its provenance, the grapes it is made from, and the style of the wine itself.


First, the country. This wine is from Hungary. This shouldn’t be a surprising source for regular wines, and many of you will know that Hungary makes some of the world’s most unusual and amazing sweet wine – Tokaj. We just don’t think about it as much for still wines.

Then there’s the grape – Cserszegi Fuszeres, apparently a unique crossing of Irsai Oliver (another grape I’d never heard of) and Gewurtzraminer (a friend, but your everyday wine either).

Finally, the effect. The taste reminds me of a fruity combination of pineapple and grapefruit and a lighter rose water hint that reminds me personally of Edinburgh Rock (the flavoured sugar candy). It’s crisp, fruity and refreshing and works well for a slightly unusual aperitif.

This wine was part of a mixed case from The Wine Society called “Off the Beaten Track” which I recommend to wine lovers looking to try something new and challenging (all but one I have tried so far have been lovely – the other bottle just a bit disappointing)**.

This particular wine, the Hilltop Estates Cserszegi Fuszeres 2011 is a pretty amazing £5.25 a bottle at the moment.


** sadly it seems the mixed case has sold out, but there may be more similar ones soon. You can still buy this wine and others individually

  • Pannon Wine Merchants

    Hi Robert,We have a good selection of Hungarian Wine on our site, most of it not available from anyone else in the UK. We specialise in small producers who want to present their wines as the real face of modern winemaking in Hungary. We have a mixed case of 6 bottles which acts as a great intro – 3 red, 2 white and one late harvest sweet furmint. Hope it’s of interest for those who like going ‘off the beaten track’!cheers!

  • Robert McIntosh

    I’m not alone in liking this Hungarian wine – check out this video review by Mr @winepages Tom Cannavan who makes it his wine of the week:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_hzS5T3O7Q&feature=youtu.be&hd=1