Kékfrankos, aka Blaufränkisch, in a Rosé!
Using fruit from the Siógärd-Lányvár vineyard (in Hungary) and fermented in cooled steel tanks, Dúzsi Tamás has created a Rosé that they describe as having “elegant exotic fruity fragrances” and “taste notes of grapefruit, mango, and pomelo.”
The Dúzsi Tamás Kékfrankos Rosé was an incredibly pleasant surprise, and was completely different from the reds. The traditional red Blaufränkisch wines I have tasted have been dark plum colored, with aromas of chocolate, espresso, and hints of raspberry, and flavors of chocolate, wild blueberry, and marionberry with a slight black pepper finish.
This wine, the Rosé, is clear and bright, with a deep salmon color. It has aromas of honey and stone fruit – apricot, with a hint of peach, and flavors of citrus, grapefruit, mango, and apricot. The wine is well integrated and balanced with medium acid, and a slight spritz. The pepperiness of the reds is not as overt, but hidden (in a good way) beneath the other flavor notes.
Bottled in early spring, the Rosé has 13% alcohol, with no indication of hotness. It does sneak up on one, however, with the alcohol hidden by the outstanding flavors and drinkability of the wine. This is a wine that would pair perfectly with a summer barbecue.
What’s fascinating to me, is the radically different flavor profile from the standard red Blaufränkisch. The Rosé highlights the versatility of the fruit, and complexity of what it has to offer. This is a unique Rosé that I would highly recommend. Dúzsi Tamás claims that it is a customer favorite, and it is easy to see why.
We will be ordering more.