The Sour Grape

Hilltop Pinot Grigio/Kiralyleanyka 2013

This sub £5 Hungarian wine is a blast from the past… think 1980s tinned fruit salad.

This sub £5 Hungarian wine is a blast from the past… think 1980s tinned fruit salad.

Gambling on a cheap bottle of wine is risky at the best of times; but paying under £5 a bottle (especially for a white wine), in today’s market… is asking for trouble! That said if you look a little left of field then anything’s possible, as this Hungarian blend shows. There’s a medium lemon colour with an aroma of pineapple, pear, nectarine and a bit of lees yeast; followed on the palate with ripe fruit salad of Mellon, nectarine, apple, pineapple & peach. The finish is medium at best but has a textural twist thanks to some lees ageing, that becomes more apparent as the wine warms up a little, pulling this wine up a grade… that and it has a greater array of fruit complexity than any £4.99 bottle of wine has any right possessing! It is a retro style of wine… when I say fruit salad, I mean the ‘tin can’ variety and tasting this literally gave me 80’s flashbacks! There’s nothing wrong with this at all and it certainly has its own distinct personality… what more can you ask for under £5. £4.99 from the Might Co-Op

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