Sabar Rhine Riesling Leszner 2017

I had to capture the tasting note for this wine as I enjoyed one of the last bottles of this vintage. The Leszner single vineyard is due to be turfed up and replaced in 2019/20, so this ’17 and the upcoming 2018 are the last opportunities to taste the stories of these vines.

Sabar, founded by wine lover Gabor Adam in 2009, is located on Sabar hill, one of the smallest hills in Badacsony, the volcanic highlands to the west of Lake Balaton in Hungary.

Adam said: “I found peace of mind here in Sabar hill, I’ve always wanted in my heart. I would like to give this feeling to those who come here and sit with us under the old walnut tree.”

Sabar buys grapes in from surrounding vineyards as well as making wines from his own estate-owned vines. He works with a variety of grape varieties, including the ultra-rare Keknyelu grape. However, one of my favourite wines of all-time is his Riesling (same species as in the Rhine) planted on the Leszner estate.

2017, Sabar Rhine Riesling Leszner ★★★ Pick! – Lightly coloured, very fruity nose. Limes, oranges, apples and peaches. Flush and textured on the palate with juicy, mouth-watering notes of green apple and pink grapefruit leading into a festival of kiwis and stone fruits. Long, smooth and mineral finish. Vibrant, fruity and memorable. What a wine!

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