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|Grapes||Királyleányka, Szürkebarát, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Tramini, Zeni|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown|
Gál Tibor is among Hungary’s best known winemaking names, and his eponymous winery is one of the leading wineries in the Eger wine region. He pursued a variety of jobs in wineries throughout Hungary, South Africa, and Italy, eventually working his way up to head winemaker at Ornellaia in Tuscany. He moved home and founded his own winery in 1993, continuing to work as an international wine consultant while working to create wines of his own that could stand up to the best of Burgundy. In 1998 he was named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by the Hungarian Wine Academy. After his untimely death in South Africa in 2005, his family took over the winery, and the management of the estate’s 40 hectares passed to his son Gál Tibor Jr. Egri Csillag (“The Star of Eger”) is a traditional white field blend that must be comprised of at least three grapes, with at least 50% of the wine from native grape varietals. It memorializes the ancient merchants who used the glittering lights of watchmen's huts to guide their way. The old saying goes, “If you travel to Eger, just follow the glittering stars.” Organically grown grapes were hand harvested, lightly crushed, then cold fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel. This compelling white is simultaneously exotic yet accessible. Generous aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, and tropical fruit lead into a medium-weight palate with crisp acidity. More ripe peach, fresh apricot, guava, and kiwi get a splash of zesty citrus and a hint of lemongrass before finishing with a round texture and delicate minerality. Organically grown.