Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2009

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  • Introduction

    • What is Furmint?
      Furmint (FOOR-mint) is a white varietal grown in Hungary and is the main ingredient of Tokaji Aszú wines. 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s first growth vineyards in Mád and Tarcal
    • Appellation: Tokaj
    • Vine Age: 8 and 28 years
  • Vintage Report

    • Budding started with warm, sunny days, however, there was a drought by mid-May with only 200mm (7.9 inches) of rain for the first five months. Flowering began mid-May for the early-ripening varieties — something no one remembers ever having happened before. While the vines needed hot, dry, sunny days in June because of flowering, it was the coldest June of the last 10 years with 170mm (6.7 inches) of rain, dramatically influencing berry-setting of the Yellow Muscat, with other varieties affected as well. This weather pattern usually generates uneven ripening and a very long, costly harvest, which was only avoided because of hot weather July to September. Unfortunately, it was too dry with only 143mm (5.6 inches) for those three months, resulting in the loss of a high ratio of acidity in many vineyards. The winery picked early in late October before the rain began.

    • Harvest Date(s): October
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 8 months in new oak
    • Bottled: September 8, 2010
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Furmint
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Cases Imported: 300
    • Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.2g/L
    • RS: 6.5g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Pale green color, very fresh and clean, showing good Furmint fruit, with hints of fennel and mineral character. Dry with a long flowery finish. A good example of the Furmint grape.

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Reviews

  • Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2009 – 89 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "Smoky on the nose with hints of lanolin and heather against a white grapefruit palate... an exciting example of dry Hungarian white wine. Big and bold with a rich, creamy texture, it's balanced by a bright, lemony acidity."

  • Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2009 – Hot Picks – Value White – The SOMM Journal

    " In this dry white, you can experience the pure taste of the Furmint grape sans the botrytised flavor of sweet Aszú…on the palate, the honeyed fruit is zipped up by a squeeze of lemon and enveloped by a flowing, fleshy, glycerine mouthfeel."

  • Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2009 – Bronze – World Wine Awards 2011 – Decanter

    "Peach, honey and flinty notes with a good structure and refreshing aftertaste."

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