Unique Hungarian white from the world famous Tokaji Region, rivalling great Loire Chenin and Chablis in style and quality.
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.
One of the best vintages recently for dry wines. High temperature and lack of rain especially on the southern part of the region with almost no botrytis and one of the earliest harvests in recent years – ideal for dry wines. 60% Hárslevelű, 40% Furmint. Region: Mád. Vineyard: Nyulászó. Yield: 3,5 t/ha. Harvested September. Fermented and aged in first- and second-fill 500-litre Zempléni oak. Bottled after 10 months' barrel ageing
Tasting Note: Elegant medium bodied white wine made the from Hárslevelű variety. Expressing both the varietal floral and fruity character with great minerality.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 17/20 (2015) "Big apricot nose with a touch of wood glue. Bone dry and vibrating with citrus-sharp energy. There is what I can only describe as intense structure, the flavours of fruit and faint notes of spice laced lightly around fierce bones of acidity and minerality. So long through the mouth that it almost seems to come out the back of your neck. Piercing. "
Hárslevelű (55%), Furmint (45%)