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Decanter Trophy to Szent István Korona Irsai Olivér Wine

Decanter Trophy to Szent István Korona Irsai Olivér Wine, May 2011
 At the Decanter World Wine Awards competition, in the category of Hungarian gold medallist white wines, Szent István Korona wine was awarded the prestigious Regional Trophy title.
 
In London, the trendsetter capital of the wine world, the results of one of the most prestigious wine competitions were announced. In the so-called regional category of Decanter, this year, the spotlight was on Hungary from the East-European region. Therefore, its gold medallist wines were competing for the title of the best white wine in two price categories. The decision was made by the head judge Caroline Gilby, Master of Wine. She was one of four judges, who are also very interested in the development of Hungarian viticulture.
 
For us, such an achievement of this Irsai Olivér wine of our own Etyek-Buda region vineyard is especially significant, because one of the most prestigious awards went to a wine that was made of grapes grown and harvested in dire weather conditions last year, and yet, due to its price category, quantity and distribution, it is available to anybody, and goes well with our everyday meals.
This wine brand and Irsai Olivér wine itself was created by Gábor Laczkó. Being 34, he is eagerly trying to gain on the experience missed in those nearly 20 years he spent outside the wine world before college. He worked through a harvest once in a modest-sized South African vineyard, and spent his holiday visiting the biggest vineyards of Argentina. His cherished memory is having gotten a chance to present one of his own wines to Hugh Jonhson, one of the most notable evaluators of the international wine scene. He makes a point of tasting all new wines of the domestic market and of the leading international brands every year at respective wine conventions. His openness and broad-mindedness, his vigour of youth and his respect towards Hungarian wines are the very reasons behind the success of Szent István Korona brand. With its range of Hungaricum wines and international varieties, and due to the technology always suitable to the grape varieties and the tastes of consumers, it is very easy to take a liking to.
 
Gábor Laczkó on viticulture and his award-winning wine:
 “I think it’s important to sell invigorating wines on reasonable prices. Irsai Olivér’s best feature is its aroma, because it smells like you had a cluster of Irsai grapes in the palm of your hand. A wine is indeed like one’s child. Your wreck your brain day and night to figure out a way to bring out the best in it. The big challenge of the 2010 vintage was to choose the perfect time for harvest during an excessively rainy period.”
Following the harvest in late August, and the gentle, reductive processing, his Irsai Olivér wine was fermented by exactly 12th September, on the first birthday of his little son.

Gábor Laczkó on viticulture and his award-winning wine:

 “I think it’s important to sell invigorating wines on reasonable prices. Irsai Olivér’s best feature is its aroma, because it smells like you had a cluster of Irsai grapes in the palm of your hand. A wine is indeed like one’s child. Your wreck your brain day and night to figure out a way to bring out the best in it. The big challenge of the 2010 vintage was to choose the perfect time for harvest during an excessively rainy period.” 

Following the harvest in late August, and the gentle, reductive processing, his Irsai Olivér wine was fermented by exactly 12th September, on the first birthday of his little son.

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