Wine Tasting Video: White Wines from Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and England

Hilltop Estates Cserszegi Füszeres 2011, Neszmélyi, Hungary (£5.75 The Wine Society)
Gewürztraminer in training, but more Italian than Alsace in style, has the lychees and ginger, fresh, dry and with a hop-like bite, OK, but lacks a little magic. B-

Chapel Down Flint Dry 2010, Tenterden, England (£8.99 Waitrose)
Light, dainty and fresh, just off-dry with aromatic green apple, melon and orange fruit flavours, notes of elderflower and Alka Seltzer, and a tangy finish. B+

Chapel Down Bacchus 2010, Tenterden, England (£10.99 Waitrose)
Starts well with a Sancerre-like flintiness, and the catty nettle, gooseberry and elderflower notes, but maybe too sweet? B

Dveri Pax Sipon Furmint, 2010, Slovenia (£9.95 The Wine Society)
A wine that grows on you, decent citrus fruit with a feline twang, but it’s the other elements – hawthorn, thyme, pebbly minerality – that give it class. S(-)

Prince Stirbey Tamâioasa Româneasca Sec 2010, Romania (£9.50 The Wine Society)
Has citrus fruit flavours – lime jelly and crystallised orange – plus the lychee and ginger character that are reminiscent of Gewürztraminer, along with a tense minerality. Can’t fault it for intensity, but is this all too much in a dry wine? I wonder whether a little more sweetness might have softened the impact. B(+)

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