The wine industry has been entirely focused for hundred of years in Western Europe, consuming the rivers of wine, good or bad, that leak out of there. Notwithstanding, It’s the Eastern European countries that are exfoliating their past and expeditiously emerging into wine dominions. Once referred to as Comecon countries; Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, just to name a few, were once the source of the cheap rivers of wine produced for Russia. Without getting into dark history, joining the EU was the best decision they made. The subsidies that streamed in perpetuated young visionary winemakers to resuscitate their wine regions.
Tokaj, Hungary’s most acclaimed wine region best esteemed for botrytized sweet wine but also central to singular dry whites and reds. Hungary’s topography is largely flat with a continental climate, roughly completely bisected by the Danube River; known here as the Duna, and includes central Europe’s largest Lake Balaton. Varied soil types are found throughout the country, but the best vines are found on mineral-rich volcanic earth particularly Tokaj. Combining all these elements sums up one of the Eastern European stimulating countries at the turning point of clear advancement while maintaining its heritage.
NOTICE: TOKAJI refers to the wines of the region and TOKAJ refers to the region.
Tokaji is produced from a blend of native grapes of Furmint and Hárslevelű. Dry and semi-dry wines are also made in Tokaj, using the same varieties. Other native white varieties include the relatively aromatic and floral, Irsai Olivér, Cserszegi Fűszeres, and Királyleányka, as well as the distinctively smoky and savory, Juhfark. Common red varieties include velvety, Pinot Noir-like Kadarka and juicy, easy-drinking Kékfrankos; known elsewhere as Blaufränkisch.
This wine is materialized by Istvan Szepsy Jr. the son of one of the most authoritative wine producers of Hungary. He is generally credited as the force behind Furmint Dry wine and endorsing it to the world. His purpose is to introduce new techniques and winemaking methods to their wines. He has also been able to maintain regard to the tradition of Mád within the region of Tokaji.
Without further basis, it’s a dazzling pale gold with a petillant beaded core. High intensity on the nose with ripe pear, tart green apples, sweet lemons, apricots, and yellow peach, pickled ginger, saffron threads, oriental spice, beeswax, smoky pepper, wet wool, black tea. This wine is developing. On the palate it’s dry, high acid, medium alcohol, rich texture, full-body, high intensity with flavors of rich ripe but fresh orchard fruit granny smith apples, along with cinnamon, spicy pickled ginger, sotolon, white wet mushroom, lanolin, and a bitter long finish of black tea. This is an outstanding wine. The layers of flavors and aromas are intoxicating and exotic. There is so much focus on the nose. It makes you wonder if it’s seen botrytis or if there is a fino sherry character. However, the wine is produced 100% Furmint and made reductive. It’s plush and fresh at the same time. The midpalate is greeted with perfume and a coverlet of silky mouthfeel. The finale still rewards you with fresh bright long acid. Wow!
The wine hearkens HOLD for its second chapter, another 20 years. I love it now and I would be curious to know how I will love it later. It’s adorned with a traditional glass closure, that is a hell to remove, but be sure to serve well chilled… ELVEZD!!!
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