Maurer Oszkar, Crazy Lud Red (2020)
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“Lud” means Goose in Hungarian and Crazy in Serbian. There’s an old Hungarian expression, “Ha lúd, legyen kövér!” that literally translates to “If it’s a goose, let it be fat.” In other words, if you’re going to go big, go big in all respects. 2019 was mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Kékfrankos, but 2020 brings a little Vadfekete (Divlja Crnka), Hamburg Muscat (crossing of Schiava and Muscat of Alexandria) and a splash Kadarka into the mix. Macerated in open vats for 7 days on the skins and then barreled down to 350L oak barrels, it’s squarely in the chilled red category, but not in the carbonic or purely whole cluster kind of way. The short maceration keeps the muscat aromatics fresh, but there’s grip from the Cabernet and meatiness from the Kékfrankos too. Vadfekete is something I’ve never had on its own (it grows here and there amongst the 1880 Kadarka), and it more or less translates to “wild red.” Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a touch of SO2 (30ppm).