Wine Tasting Video: Eastern European reds from Hungary, Turkey & Romania

Bock Portugieser 2008, Villany, Hungary (contact Hungarian Wine Society)
Reasonable plum and baked berry fruit, with notes of tar and tomato, but it’s just too rustic for it’s own good, with too much of the barnyardy edge of brettanomyces. C

Vinkara Kalecik Karasi 2009, Turkey (£8.50 The Wine Society)
Smells good with an almost southern Rhône-like meaty wildness to the gentle berry and plum flavours, but then a slightly jarring vanilla and banana sweetness intrudes and spoils the party. Is it from oak? If so, this would be better without it. B

Prince Stirbey Novac Sec 2009, Dealurile Olteniei, Romania (£13.95 The Wine Society)
Not the most complex of wines, but this is honest and tasty, with a juicy core of ever-so-slightly jammy red berry and blackcurrant flesh and a touch of pepper. B(+)

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