THE NATIONAL Wine Saloon, a wine–tasting contest that showcases the best of the Slovak wine-making industry each year, selected a new collection of the country's 100 top wines.
Included are wines from the best-known producers, such as Milan Pavelka, Hubert Sereď and the Tokaj Company, as well some new labels, the Pravda daily wrote.
This year's surprises are producers Richard Polkoráb from Vitis Pezinok, Martin Polkoráb from Mavín Vinosady, Juraj Zápražný, also from Vinosady, and Chateau Topoľčianky.
In all, more than 7,400 wines were selected for the saloon - the highest number in the last three years. Only 356 samples and 62 wine-makers made it to the final.
Thirty wine experts formed six commissions which selected the 100 best wines; they will be available to the public from September 4. This year's contest was eagerly anticipated because it featured wines from 2007, a year after 2006, which is referred to as "the year of the century." Surprisingly, wines from 2007 did very well.
"Last year’s whites are fruity, flowery and harmonic," said František Lipka, chair of one of the committees. But he added that the red wines from 2007 were better, noting that they would have had more time to ripen if wine producers hadn't rushed them to the market.
When it comes to the white wines, the dry Rizling rýnsky by Martin Pomfy was considered noteworthy.
Pomfy's Devín wine was the star of last year's National Saloon.
The self-educated wine-maker who spends 14 hours a day at casks created a "fresh wine with the beautiful scent of a recently bloomed linden," the committe commented.
But the ice Rizling rýnsky from Richard Polkoráb, of the Vitis wine producer in Pezinok, was arguably the event's most discussed wine, earning ovations from its committee. Commitee member Vladimír Mrva, known for his strictness, said he was fascinated by its brilliant clarity, and described it as tasting like "walnuts in honey."
Polkoráb, who is only 34 years old, said he found the golden rizling vine in a 21– year-old vineyard called Krížna. He has made 500 litres of wine from it.
7. Jul 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports