Torley Talisman Bull's Blood is a rich style of wine, with dark fruit and ripe plum aromas balanced with black pepper notes and autumnal leaves. A blend of native and classic grape varieties grown and ripened in vineyards across the famous Eger region in South Hungary. The wine is fermented in oak barrels for 6 months to enhance the bold fruit flavours. The wine is composed of the Kekfrankos, Zweigelt, Blauer Portugiser, Blauburger, Merlot and Turan grape varieties. Bull's Blood, or Egri Bikaver as it is known in Hungary, is one of the nation's most famous wines, dating back to the mid 16th century. It is also the first Hungarian wine to be awarded a protected designation of origin.
Background: The Bikavér (Bull's Blood) blend, exclusive to the Eger and Szekszárd regions, is the best-known of all Hungarian wines. Legend has it that the name originates from the unsuccessful siege of Eger by the Turks in 1552, when the heavily outnumbered Hungarians had nothing to drink but red wine. This proved to be to their advantage, their red stained beards and wild eyes terrified the Turks, who thought they had been drinking Bull's Blood.