Tokaji Furmint 2016
This nectar is a 100% Furmint. The grapes were grown in the 40-year-old vineyards of Betsek and Szent Tamás in Mád. Yields were restricted using short spur pruning, which ensured that the vines did not yield more than one kilogram of fruit per vine. Soils in this area are volcanic. After the warm but rainy summer of 2016, grapes were harvested in September. Fermentation took place using natural yeasts in three-year-old Hungarian oak barrels of 500 litre capacity. After the wine underwent bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, for a period of six months, it was aged for one year before bottling. Egészségére!
In the glass the wine has a lemon-gold colour. The intensity is pale.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. Perfumes of acacia, honeysuckle and jasmine come out from the glass, followed by hints of apricot, nectarine, and pink lady apple. The scent of citrus, lemon zest and a note of flint make the aromatic palette quite vibrant. The secondary aromas remember the brioche and bread dough.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). The flavour intensity is medium plus. At the first sip an overwhelming mineral sensation indulge our tasting buds, before notes of citrus, savoury, wet stones emerge. The fruit is less predominant, but we still taste notes of melon and apricot. The lasting is medium.
This nectar is characterized by a generous fruity nose, and by really mineral palate. It is a pleasant drink, albeit it lacks of persistency. In the mouth the flavours fade quite soon. Given its nice acidity, it works quite well with rich seafood dishes as linguine con le vongole, less exciting when drunk by its own.
Final vote: 89
Price: £22.99 at Whoel Foods