Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2015
“The familiar taste of something very different”
What is The Oddity?
The Oddity is a celebration of the diversity to be found in the wide world of wine. The Furmint grape variety does not yet enjoy an international reputation but Royal Tokaji feels it deserves one. Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990; its first mission was to recreate the wine that for centuries was considered amongst the very finest in the world, the legendary Tokaji aszú.
Royal Tokaji’s dedication has led the winery to the growing realization that Furmint has the potential to make not only great sweet wines, but also dry wines of particular class and charm. The same ripeness, aromatics and acidity which grace the aszú wines can also, with time and skill, create dry wines equally capable of greatness. For over 20 years Royal Tokaji has been refining its knowledge of this wonderful grape variety.
2015 Vintage Notes:2015 was a very good vintage for Dry and Late Harvest wines, with generally warm and dry conditions prevailing in and around Royal Tokaji’s vineyards in Mád, Tarcal, and beyond. Flowering took place in perfect conditions, warm, dry and sunny. Fruit set was also successful but, to general bemusement and for no apparent good reason, there were far fewer bunches than normal.
The vines developed well throughout June and July, promising good quality and quantity. However, towards the end of July and throughout August drought conditions set in, with rainfall levels at the lowest since records began – from the beginning of the year to harvest, in some parts of the region there was as little as 180mm of rainfall.
As a result, the challenge was to pick at the right time to maximize ripeness and fruit intensity while avoiding loss of acidity and high pH, and promoting optimum potential alcohol levels. This was successfully achieved, no doubt assisted by the vines having fewer grapes to ripen than usual – perhaps nature had previously foreseen potential problems and adapted accordingly.
Harvest for our dry styles was earlier than average, not for the first time in recent years, beginning on September 8th for Furmint in Tarcal, some two weeks sooner than usual. Sunny, warm and calm weather led to comparatively straightforward picking conditions and a good yield of ripe, healthy grapes with excellent sugar levels and moderate but crisp acidity was collected. Harvest was extended to early October to maximize the conditions.
- Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s first-growth vineyards in Mád
- Appellation: Tokaj
A finely balanced wine where the Furmint grape shows its fine apricot and peach fruit with subtle hints of oak from the Hungarian barrels in which it was matured. A lively wine with crisp acidity, complex and a long finish.
- Varietal Composition: 100% Furmint
- Alcohol: 13%
- TA: 5.7g/L
- RS: 2.2g/L
Royal Tokaji Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2015 – Bloomberg – The 50 Best Wines Under $50
Dry furmint from Hungary continues to win fans. The Oddity brilliantly shows off the grape’s crisp minerality.
Royal Tokaji Furmint, The Oddity – 2015 – Planet Grape – 91 Points
Silky, dry, and zingy with notes of lemon, ginger, lanolin, honey, and iodine.