This Egri Csillag Superior from the Tóth Ferenc Winery is a blend of five different varieties harvested from two vineyards, the Marinka and the Almagyar. The wines were aged separately before blending. The Olasrizling, Hárslevelű, and Rajnai Rizling wines in the blend were aged in 500 liter barrels for five months, while the Leányka and Királyleányka wines were stainless steel-fermented and aged. Though Eger has long been known for its red blends, since 2010 winemakers have been attempting to breathe new life into the whites of the region with the new Egri Csillag blend. So, what is Egri Csillag, and what makes it peculiarly Hungarian? It’s a complicated and potentially very variable blend based on Carpathian-basin varieties, such as Olaszrizling, Hárslevelű, Leanyka, Királyleányka, Zengő, Zenit and some Hungarian crossings. There are many possible directions winemakers can go with it, but generally the wine should be fruity and floral, but not too aromatic, with no single variety dominating. The fruit and terroir should be their essence. Then wine can come in three quality levels, and this Superior is the middle level. This is a complex, yet refreshing and fruity wine, which is well-worth tasting. It is a perfect pair for a variety of cheeses.