St Tamás, Percze Dry Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary 2016

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World class Furmint, favourably compared to Grand Cru Burgundy - complex and very long

István Szepsy of St Tamás is intent on putting Dry Furmint on the world map and in its collective glass. Based in the village of Mád, in the heart of the Tokaji region, he works with vineyards shaped by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. World famous for the exquisite sweet wine that is produced here, István knows that this volcanic terroir is his key to proving that his dry wines are just as good. He creates wines with unique flavours somewhere between Loire Chenin and Chablis in style, that are refreshing with an underlying minerality that feels like it comes directly up from those ancient volcanic soils.

Percze is the smallest first class single vineyard of Mád village. The soil contains volcanic tuff and quartzite based on hard rhyolite. The cracks of the rock formations are filled with clay minerals, therefore the wines have layered and strong acidity.

Tasting Note: Elegant and vibrant medium to full bodied white wine harvested from first class single vineyard Percze. The tasting notes are driven by volcanic minerality, and fruitiness of stone fruits, with citrussy notes. Long, lingering finish. A slightly honeyed nose gives way to a powerful palate combining fresh white fruits, orange peel, enlivening acidity supported by a moreish underlying minerality.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 17.5+/20 (2015) "There's a burgundian-grand-cru-like grandness and gravitas to this wine, and I'd say it has a long and interesting life ahead of it."

Furmint (100%)