Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Mézes Mály Great First Growth Single Vineyard

      Mézes Mály (MAIZE-esh my) is arguably the world’s original “superstar” vineyard. The first classification of the already legendary vineyards of Tokaji took place in the 1730’s, the earliest of any wine region, and Mézes Mály was designated as a “Great First Growth” – one of only two vineyards with that classification. Royal Tokaji and Hugh Johnson jointly own this vineyard, which is the winery’s only vineyard with deep loess topsoil over volcanic bedrock. Vine age ranges from 19 to 60 years old.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s parcels of Great 1st Growth Mézes Mály (100% Estate)
    • Appellation: Tokaj, Hungary
  • Vintage Report

    • In truly exceptional years Royal Tokaji selects the finest berries from its classed vineyards and carefully produces a few barrels of single vineyard aszú wine. 2016 is such a year, just the seventh this century, and the quality was so exceptional that we are releasing the widest range of aszú wines since 2008.

      After a mild and dry winter, we had a long spring with warm days and cool nights. The flowering season was unusually long and there was an uneven fruit set in many vineyards due to some late spring frosts. Throughout the summer, the weather was almost perfect. In July and August, the region was hit by hail, but there was no serious damage. From the middle of August, botrytis started to spread all over the region. We hand-harvested each intensely flavored aszú berry from the bunches on the vines. The aszú harvest required multiple passes through each block over many weeks!

  • Vinification

    • Excellent quality aszú berries with good structure and perfect botrytis were macerated in fermenting must for two days. After pressing and fermentation the wines were transferred into two 300-liter neutral Hungarian Zemplen oak casks for maturation over two years in Royal Tokaji’s 13th century cellars.

    • Bottled: May 2019
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelű and a small percent of other indigenous varieties
    • Cases Imported: 50
    • Alcohol: 10.5%
    • TA: 10.7 g/L
    • RS: 180.9 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • This wine has a lovely nose, honey-like (Mézes Mály translates as “honey-place”), delicate yet persistent. The palate is graceful and intense, precisely balanced with white fruits, hints of chamomile, crisp acidity and a powerful finish.

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Reviews

  • Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016 – Vinous – 92 Points

    The 2016 Mézes Mály Great First Growth Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos, which contains 180.9g/L residual sugar, is the one cuvée whose nose I could not quite work out at first. It needs a few minutes to really coalesce, eventually offering toffee apple, adhesive, lanolin and wood resin scents. Personally, I prefer the Betsek and then the Nyulászó on the nose. The harmonious palate is business as usual, featuring pure botrytized fruit, a superb bed of acidity, and orange peel, marmalade and a touch of lemon sherbet toward the persistent finish, where a welcome touch of bitterness lingers in the mouth.

  • Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016 – Decanter – 93 Points

    From the ‘Great 1st growth’ Mézes Mály, this 2016 Aszú has a lime, struck match and earthy nose, backed with aromas of fresh apricot and white blossoms. Sweet spices and grapefruit zest are sprinkled on the pure, honeyed palate of raisin and dried apricot, with piercing acidity (10.7g/l) as the spine, complex and extremely long.”

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