Ambrus Bakó - There's only one of his wines remaining

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We tasted the Olaszrizling, from Róza, or actually from Ambrus. We were curious to know how the wines of the Badacsony biologist have changed in a year. Then it turned out there was only one of his wines left on the shelf. We’ve been working with Ambrus Bakó for two years now. It’s been a pleasure to see that his wines have run out so fast. We believe the reason behind this successful start lies partly in Ambrus’ own high standards, while it’s also to do with the realisation of the possibilities served up by this wine region. Since the next time that we’ll encounter his Rieslings and Kéknyelű will be at the end of the spring/beginning of the summer, we’d like to inform you that there are only stocks of one of his wines remaining; from the 2011 vintage – the “A Rózától” (“From Róza”) Olaszrizling, and thus only a few bottles of it left in the world.

The tiny, barely one-sixth of a hectare plot lies next to the place where the house of Róza Szegedy* and family once stood. It’s a steep, stony strip that would produce high yields after having rested for forty years providing Ambrus – who has been cultivating this parcel for years – were not to restrict it to under two hundredweight per hectare. It was hand harvested late but not with a very high sugar content, and was filtered before it made it into the used barrel for fermentation and ageing. A touch (5 g/l) of natural residual sugar remained in the wine that fermented very slowly with its own yeast. Oozing fruitiness, it’s rich and dense with intense Olaszrizling character and Badacsony's saltiness. A ripe, big wine.

*About Róza Szegedy

Ambrus’ wine was named after the love of Hungarian poet Sándor Kisfaludy whose house was next to the plot where the grapes grow. It recalls the life of the young woman – who originally planned to be a nun, and was very good at playing the harp, dancing and had a good knowledge of grapes – and the poet who is linked to Badacsony in many ways. The pair fell in love with each other during a harvest there, and even though Róza only accepted the proposal of the love-struck poet for the second time when he was on his way into battle, they were happily married for 32 years. They lived nearby in Sümeg, while they also grew grapes on the slopes of the basalt hill in Badacsony, and made wine. The love-struck couple were said to have watched the Balaton sunsets sitting on a volcanic rock, the Rózsakő, which stands next to the forest, close to the house. Therefore Róza's name has lived on, not only in the wine and poems, but also in the landscape.