Tabunello – 2HA
This is a surprising wine to come from Hungary, and especially coming from Badacsony’s volcanic St. George Hill. This wine is 100 percent Sangiovese. The old Italian variety, grown by the Romans, famously known as Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino, and as being the backbone of blends such as Chianti, Carmignano, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. What is Sangiovese doing in Badacsony (land of the Olaszrizling)? Csaba Török, owner and winemaker of the 2HA Winery, is inspired by Italian wines, and wanted to have some of his own Sangiovese. The name Tabunello is a joke inspired by Csaba’s love of Italian wine—“tabu” refers to the taboo of planting such a grape as Sangiovese in this area. And, Csaba just thought calling it Tabunello would make it sound more Italian! Looking back at history, Hungary was a province of the Roman Empire (called Pannonia), so perhaps this wine is some way of coming full circle? There are only 2.5 hectares (six acres) of Sangiovese planted in the whole country (and 2HA has one-fifth of that). And this is the only Sangiovese wine on the market in Hungary. The Sangiovese Grosso variety is late-ripening, and requires much care in the vineyard. This beautiful organic wine is highly enjoyable. Pale ruby-colored in the glass, it’s full of fruit— sour cherry, rosehips, cranberry, and blackberry. There’s also rose petals, chocolate, earthiness, a touch of tobacco, and a bit of smokiness. It’s an easy drinking wine, with fresh and lively acidity, soft tannins, and a good depth. It also has potential to age for several more years in the bottle. This is a food-friendly wine, which is a perfect match for grilled meats and burgers, or pasta and pizza. If you are cooking Hungarian style, it works well with lecsó or lángos.
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Badacsony is one of Hungary’s iconic regions. Along with Tokaj and Somló, it was famed across Europe for its characterful, full-bodied, mineral white wines. These three regions form a kind of Holy Trinity of Hungarian white wine volcanic winemaking regions, with unique, concentrated wines capable of long aging.
Located on the western reaches of the northern shore of Lake Balaton, the magnificent truncated volcanic butte of Badacsony Hill can be seen dominating the horizon across the lake. At 438 meters high, it’s the highest point in the region. Vineyards girdle the hill and are characterized by small, often terraced plots with beautiful press houses and villas. The region includes other buttes and cones that were formerly volcanoes—such as Tóti, Szent György, Csobánc, Szigliget, and Gulács—creating a stunning and somewhat surreal landscape of unusually shaped lunar-like hills.
Badacsony has a special microclimate thanks to its steep, southern slopes. They are sheltered from the northerly winds, and the lake reflects light on them. The lake’s waters ensure cool breezes, preserving acidity in the grapes. The wines are otherwise full-bodied, characterful and fiery thanks to their high sugar content guaranteed by the basalt hills and the lake’s proximity. Badacsony wines generally boast plenty of minerality and a frequent saltiness thanks to the basalt bedrock which releases minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium into the soils.
The sand and clay in the soils ensure that the wines are also elegant, smooth, and round. Badacsony wines are typically white and dry, but sweet wines are also made from late-harvest or shriveled grapes. Like the rest of Lake Balaton, plantings are dominated by Olaszrizling, followed by Pinot Gris (Szürkebarát).
Viticulture has flourished here since the time of the Romans. During the Middle Ages, vineyards were owned by the church, royal estates, and a noble family who built the fortified castle on Szigliget. Viticulture declined during wars with the occupying Turks in the 16th and 17th centuries as people fled the area. It rapidly recovered by the 18th century, with modern winemaking methods and newly planted vineyards making the region famous.
Many noble families had estates and press houses on the volcanic hills, creating a bucolic landscape with vineyards surrounding white-washed buildings. The region was so renowned that families travelled from the other side of the lake to work the vineyards. The wines were traditionally sold using the name of the hill, with each having its own character. Szent György Hill, at 415 meters high, produces particularly characterful wines. Like every other region in Hungary, Badacsony suffered from the forced collectivization following World War Two and the lack of demand for quality wines. It also began losing vineyards following World War One, when holiday homes began replacing vines. Badacsony Hill is now part of a national park with strict building regulations. And winemakers have come a long way in undoing the damage done by Communism.
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