Grand Tokaj, formerly the Tokaji Kereskedóház Rt, owns 70 hectares of vineyard in Hungary’s world renowned Tokaj-Hegyyalja, Unesco World Heritage. The winery is currently undergoing significant renovation as part of its ongoing commitment to quality winemaking.
Grand Tokaj is best known for its sweet Aszú wines which are made using traditional winemaking techniques dating back to the 1630’s. A base wine is made in September from healthy grapes, then from mid-October, raisin-like, sugar-rich Aszú grapes are handpicked into ‘puttony’ baskets and lightly crushed. Either 3, 4, 5 or 6 ‘puttony’ (25 kg) of Aszú grapes are added to 136 litres of base wine which then undergoes maceration and a second fermentation.
The wine is then aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 4 years and a further 9 months in bottle before release. Aszú wines are delicious drunk on their own or with nuts, foie gras, blue cheese and most desserts.
ASZÚ 5 PUTTONYOS 2013
A wine with very complex, exquisite aromas it is composed of botrytis from the shrivelled aszú berries and features peach, orange peel, brittle, figs, exotic flowers with a touch of dill at the end. Sampling the wine it has a very clear fruity flavour with orange, quince, pear and apricot notes along with an appearance of white chocolate and vanilla essence. The acids keep the wine round and lengthy. The finish is of a lime-grapefruit aroma that lingers long in the mouth with a mature coffee aftertaste thanks to barrel-aging process. This is a truly fine Tokaj wine with great potential and a long phase of evolution ahead.
ASZÚ 6 PUTTONYOS 2013
The wine has aromas of fresh dried apricots, spring chamomile blossoms, dried orange and tropical fruits along with a tender hint of pink pepper. Savouring it one may discover a mix of plum and apricot jam that fits well with it’s general fruity nature. A long, full-bodied wine of great complexity with high acid and sugar content that is present in round balance and harmony. The flavour fills the mouth with a long lasting, fresh taste.
ASZÚ 6 PUTTONYOS SZARVAS 2013
A loess-rich terroir aspect is present in this wine’s aroma. Besides the botrytis, notes of pear, dried chamomile and brittled orange peel appear. The wine also has a sligthly smoky bouquet due to the new wooden barrels. Flavours of pear compote and quince jelly are most prominent in this wine with hints of camomile tea and ripe orange. Along the creaminess and honey notes, the character of ripe grapes and aszú berries is also clearly distinguishable in this select terroir wine. The unique, ripe, warm flavour can be attributed to the peculiar features of the 2013 vintage – warm weather and plentiful sunshine together with the warmth of the loess soil of the Szarvas Terroir – which beautifully embrace the fruitiness of the wine.
The wine is defined by an amber-golden yellow hue that is paired with an oily, dense texture. The deep botrytis notes become apparent in it’s aroma immediately that the significant smoky, smooth, oily texture carries on it’s shoulder that is made complete by a fruity finish. The wine has a very complex taste as a result of it’s lively acids and strong, penetrating botrytis traits.