Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2005
What is Furmint?
Furmint is a white varietal grown in Hungary and is the main ingredient of Tokaji Aszú. This yellowish-green grape displays a bouquet reminiscent of ripe apples in youth. After aging in wood, Furmint develops aromas of honey and walnuts. Rich in extract, it makes a heady, robust wine with pronounced acid. It is an early-budding, late-ripening variety and is particularly susceptible to botrytis. Often characterized by its high alcohol levels, Furmint’s high acidity gives the wine longevity.
- Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s first growth vineyards in Mád and Tarcal
- Appellation: Tokaj
- Vine Age: 4 and 24 years old
- Bottled: April 2006
- Varietal Composition: 100% Furmint
- Cases Imported: 1,000 (12/750ml)
- Alcohol: 13.5%
The Royal Tokaji 2005 Furmint is a dry, white wine with apricot, ripe apple and a hint of honey on the nose. Well-balanced with a nice mineral backbone, this clear, light-colored wine displays flavors of apples and fruit with just a touch of lemon zest.
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2005 – 87 points, A – Claude Kolm’s The Fine Wine Review
“Furmint is the main grape for the sweet wines of Tokaj. Here we have it made as a dry wine. The result is a smooth, sleek, firm dry wine with nutty lime blossom aromas and incipient apricot flavors with a nice acidic attack.”
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2005 – Wine Favorites of the Year – Bloomberg
A surprising bargain from Hungary
“The furmint grape is one of the main ingredients in the country’s renowned and expensive sweet Tokaji Aszu, but bottled on its own, it makes a crisp, appetizing wine with a scent of ripe apples and lemony minerality. …it’s a bargain…”
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2005 – Best Buys, Exceptional Value – Wine & Spirits
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“Floral and lasting, this covers octaves of flavor, the middle range filled out with mint and stone fruit. For seared scallops.”
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2005 – 91 points – Wine & Spirits
“Floral and lasting, this is delicious, elegant furmint. It covers octaves of flavor...Clear, clean and invigorating, it works as well as an aperitif as it does with a main dish of seared scallops.”