Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, MW is a British wine critic, journalist and editor of wine literature. She currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and writes for her website jancisrobinson.com. She also provides advice for Queen Elizabeth II’s wine cellar.
Malatinszky, Noblesse Cabernet Franc 2008 Villány Drink 2010-2015
Noblesse is Malatinszky’s middle range of wines. Fresh and fragrant with good life, and some real richness, on the palate. Lovely stuff.
Malatinszky, Kúria Cabernet Franc 2008 Villány Drink 2012-2017
Kúria is the top-level range of wines. Barrel sample. Very dark and bordeaux-like. Much denser and more tannic than the 2007.
Kúria Malatinszky, Unfiltered Cabernet Franc 2006 Villány-Siklós (Pannonia) 17.5 Drink
This winery was established in 1997 ‘near Croatia’. Malatinszky was the new Hungary’s first sommelier and wine merchant. The Villány people are wary of this wine because it is non traditional. Fermented in stainless steel and matured in French barriques. By a University of Bordeaux graduate. Very pure, light- to medium-bodied claret style – fragrant and extremely fine even if not perhaps the most obviously Hungarian of these reds. A great wine to serve blind? Quite minerally.
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Malatinszky, Csaba Cabernet Sauvignon unfiltered 2003 Villány-Siklós 17 Drink
Scented and quite exciting – very minerally. Great balance. Minerals and very tasty.