Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Late Harvest, Tokaj – 2017

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  • Introduction

    • Shortly after the start of the new millennium, the genuine shortage of aszú (botrytis) harvests and the limited volumes even in those vintages led us to explore other opportunities. We researched ways of producing more accessible, but equally vibrant, wines of around 100 g/L (equivalent to a 4 puttonyos sweetness). Rather than selecting individual berries shriveled by botrytis, Late Harvest relies on partial bunch selection, which naturally includes ripe, overripe and botrytised berries. This combination of different ripening stages of the berries inside the bunch gives a distinctive Tokaji character but does not require the long ageing of aszú wines. The harvested clusters are then pressed and the rich must fermented in the same manner as the dry wines, maintaining a balance of sugar and natural acidity. The Late Harvest spends about three months in barrels, using some new casks. As with all Royal Tokaji wines, quality, house style and balance is the focus. – Ben Howkins on Royal Tokaji Late Harvest

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Tokaj, Hungary
  • Vintage Report

    • After a chilly January, the temperatures rose evenly through the spring. Relatively high temperatures during the summer contributed to earlier ripening and earlier onset of botrytis. This vintage proved to be outstanding with ideal balance for the dry wine sand exceptional richness for the sweet wines.

      The grapes were harvested between the end of October and the beginning of November. After destemming we macerated the grapes in the presses overnight. After pressing, the juice was allowed to settle (at 10 °C) for 2-3 days before racking. Fermentation in tank with our own indigenous yeast was followed by five to six months of barrel maturation for most of the lots.

  • Vinification

    • Bottled: June 2018
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Yellow Muscat, and other native varietals
    • Alcohol: 11.5%
    • TA: 7 g/L
    • RS: 107 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Pale gold color with delicate aromas of exotic fruits and spice. Light and fresh on the palate with hints of white peach, the wine is medium sweet with an excellent acid balance, a silky texture and a clean, long , crisp finish.

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  • Royal Tokaji Late Harvest, Tokaj – 2017 – Wine & Spirits – 90 Points

    The grapes ripened early in the warm summer of 2017, and botrytis followed quickly, allowing Royal Tokaji's team to produce a particularly lush late-harvest wine. It has a hot-house intensity, with rich, warm flavors of honeysuckle and peaches, and a gingery prickle of acidity. Plump and spicy, it would make a terrific companion to an apricot tart.

  • Royal Tokaji Late Harvest, Tokaj — 2017 – Blue Lifestyle – 94 Points

    Orange blossom nose; fresh and bright with creamy texture; smooth, lush and showing crisp apricot and orange fruit; sweet but balanced with just enough tangy acidty for balance.

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