I dont know what kind of competitor he was in his cycling competitor days - yes, thats what Tamás Dúzsi was! However, if I take a look at his wine-making, Im sure he wasnt a sprinter. He was much rather a road racer competing in the classic long-distance time trial. He apportions his strength and looks forward to the whole étape. So why am I telling you this? Well, Tamás Dúzsi is known as the rosé king in Hungary, at least one journalist called him that right at the beginning of the 2000s, and the name stuck. Its no coincidence; he had already recognised the hidden potential of rosé when others were just waving their hands dismissively saying, thats not wine, its just a soft drink. Since 2005, for example, he has picked up 12 gold and 18 silver medals in the Mondial du Rosé international wine competition held annually in Cannes in France, making him one of the worlds most successful producers! He achieved all this even though the northern rosé style, where the Hungarian also belongs, is completely different to those considered classically Provencal. Here the acidity is sharper, sometimes there is even a little pétillance in the wines (only very minimally), and usually there are no spicy notes, just loads of fruit. Whats more, in these markets rosé is typically drunk within a year; its not aged in oak, so theres not so much difference really. Whereas Tamás Dúzsi has persisted and made rosés in his own style (there was one year when he even released more than eight different rosés), which means that nowadays wherever in the world someone presents rosé as a style of wine, then in a presentation of 4-5 wines, one is sure to be his. No matter whether a French professor is talking or the presenter is Portuguese. In South Africa, Chile and India too.
Shiraz válogatás 2012 I 90-92 points
Pepper, burnt rubber, blackberry and star anise on the nose. Full bodied with lively acidity and firm tannins. Clear varietal character on the palate, with a long finish. Elegant, wonderful!
Görögszó 2012 I 93-95 points
(one of the most well-known Szekszárd vineyards, the grapes come from here)
Very concentrated nose, like a wall of blackberry and plenty of forest fruits. Full bodied on the palate, rounded and elegant. Flavours of fruits, spice and cedar. Dense, chewable, endless!