Nimród Kovács once admitted to us that this is his favorite wine. That’s saying a lot for the owner of a winery which makes many wonderful wines! Kovács has an incredible life story, worthy of a movie. In the early 1970s he swam across the Adriatic sea—from Croatia to Italy—to escape the Communist regime. He eventually settled in the US, where he became a successful businessman. After his early retirement he moved back to his homeland, Hungary, and started producing wines in Eger. His idea has always been to produce wines for an international market. That’s why most of his labels are written in English. He is also one of the very few Hungarian wineries to hire a so-called “flying winemaker” from California, to help him produce the wines for an international palate. This 100 percent Syrah has the classic black-pepper spiciness, which this variety is so famous for. It also has concentrated and well-integrated black fruit flavors, and aromas from the oak ageing. This wine (13.5 percent alcohol) was aged in Hungarian and French oak barrels for 18 months (20 percent of the oak was used). This is a rich style for a Syrah from a cold-climate region. The grapes for this wine come from two vineyards, which are located in the eastern part of the Eger region, Nagyfai and Nyilasmár.