Chateau Mate

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Chateau Mate #0 Violet

Chateau Mate#0 Violet

#0 - Unfiltered. White flowers, quince, green apples, pineapple, cherry, Turkish delight, baked pears bundled into fresh playfulness

Chateau Mate #1 Leslie

Chateau Mate#1 Leslie

#1 - Stone fruits, tangerine, white flowers, slight minerality, warm spices from the barrel dominated by vanilla, late harvest apples, pears, propolis, lime tree blossom. beautiful acids accompany us to the finish.

Chateau Mate #1/2 BZ

Chateau Mate#1/2 BZ

#1/2 - Raw wine made in "Vin Jaune" style. The natural "yellow wine".

Matthew Szokolai, Chateau Mate owner

The eccentric winemaker

With two diplomas in hand, he chose the free world.
Mate has been an insurance agent, marketing and business manager, bartender, news boy, event organizer, dishwasher, gastro and leisure manager, wine auction organizer, chef, waiter, who finally found his home and himself in the world of fine dining and fine wines.
Olimpia, Laci! Konyha!, innio, just to mention some of the biggest names.
Finally, wine merchant, and now winemaker as well.

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At the beginning of 2016, he spent months contemplating how to invest his inheritance. Buy a small chalet close to his mother’ home, or with a bigger risk a small house with its tiny vineyard on Szent-György hill? Months passed by. A wine tasting helped make the decision, where white wines from three regions were introduced. One of these were accompanied with a bread that brought out a flavour so remarkable it had a profound impact on Mate. Waking up next morning, he knew he wanted to buy land in the region where that wine was from. That is how he became the owner of Hetény vineyard in Tállya, Tokaj-Hegyalja. All this happened in the heat of mid-summer, right before the harvest season and numerous unforeseen difficulties. From that year’ harvest was born a first class palinka thanks to 1 Csepp distillery.

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It was only a matter of time to make his own wine, under the name: ChateauMate! ‘In a dream I saw an abandoned castle with a green parcel. I told my graphic designer friend about it and asked if he could put it on a label. When I saw the castle of the first sketches, I couldn’t believe my eyes. From the top of the vineyard looking over the nearby village is the same castle that emerged from my friend’ design.’ Fate!

From 2017 he has been a firm believer of biodiversification, which is a guiding principle in how he cultivates the vine, and in the wine making process.

2018 was the first harvest, from which nearly perfect wines emerged. The world’ best wine critics have given them top-shelf ratings.

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„I gave myself five years to succeed in making a wine which will belong to the top 10% of the leading wines in the world. What I have learnt till now is that we can only put tiny bits of our knowledge into it. In the end,it comes down to nature, the help we receive from friends and mostly God.”
His utmost goal is to help Tokaj-Hegyalja, és wineries in the region take the rightful place they deserve on the world map of wine. His work is built on the holiness of wine and bread!

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Jancis Robinson:

#0 Violet - Very slightly cloudy. Extraordinary nose – it explodes out the glass, a shower of a hundred different things, like a multi-coloured firework that you can only stand back and gawp at in childish delight. It has the kaleidoscopic acidity of Furmint – the angles, the colours, the patterns so complex and jewelled, sharp lines forming round shapes, defying anyone to pin it down, shifting the moment you try. I’ll try. Pineapple, red cherries, marigold petals and Turkish delight. Green apples and salty jalapeño and sweetly spiced baked pears. It curves around you, as if it’s soft and kitty-like, and then you poke it and realise that those curves are made of steel. It’s controlled and pulled as tight as a piano wire. But there is a wildness, a defiance. Foot-stomping, campfire-lit, primeval-rhythm hypnotic defiance 17/20 point

#1 Leslie - Linden blossom, late-harvest apples, pear and propolis. Stunning acidity. Bone dry and thrums with excitement. Something a little dusty in a fragrant way, even in the mouth, like pollen dust on a hot summer’s day. Tastes like apples and tarragon in lime glass. Touch of spice on the top of the palate. There’s texture here as well, as if the dustiness of the nose is fine-ground dust in the wine. The length is all about that vibrating acidity, rather than about flavour. Feels not quite ready to be drunk. 16,5++/20 point

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Ned Goodwin:

#0 Violet - A littlebit turbid. Clearly not messed with. Aromas of white florals, quince, green apple and Asian pear. Mineral-infused and sleek, with ample intensity and fine crunchy length. 93/100 point

#1 Leslie - Ripe, with ample stone fruit to tangerine riffs playing off an underbelly of fennel, white florals and a crystalline freshness. Forceful, creamy and savoury. Yet it is the skein of pungent mineral that drives the fray long. 94/100 point

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