Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Nyulászó, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaji – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Tokaj Vineyard Classification
      In the 1730’s, 28 villages and their vineyards in Tokaj became the first European vineyards to be classified. This classification remains in effect today and was verified by the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture in 2013.

      Nyulászó First Growth Single Vineyard
      Nyulászó (nu-lääh-sooh) is one of the most well-known First Growth vineyards in Tokaj. The vineyard, named after the ancient Magyar word meaning to catch hares, is adjacent to Szt. Tamás, overlooking the village of Mád. Royal Tokaji’s plots are located on south-facing slopes. Its volcanic bedrock is overlaid with mineral-rich, brown clay interspersed with lighter rhyolite tuff.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s parcels of 1st Growth Nyulászó (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 four 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: 100
    • Alcohol: 10.5%
    • TA: 10 g/L
    • RS: 180 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • This wine exudes ethereal elegance and finesse with notes of acacia, honey and apricots on the nose. Firm acidity provides a focused balance to the intense richness. The finish is very long with outstanding complexity.

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Reviews

  • Royal Tokaji Nyulászó, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaji — 2016 – Jancis Robinson – 17+ Points

    Slightly closed on the nose at the moment – some notes of acacia, poached peaches and apricots. Quite a compact style, with searing acidity. Lithe and mineral, with an almost dry perception on the finish thanks to so much acid.

  • Royal Tokaji Nyulászó, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaji – 2016 – Vinous – 95 Points

    The 2016 Nyulászó First Growth Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos, which delivers 180g/L residual sugar, has a deep, honeyed, slightly more introverted bouquet compared to the Ste. Tamás. It gradually reveals scents of manuka honey, orange pith and quince jus, yet it clearly deserves several years to really open. The palate is very well balanced, harmonious and brimming with tension. Pears, Seville orange marmalade, hints of mandarin and fresh figs vie for attention. This is a powerful, intense Tokaji, but razor-sharp, delivering real precision and "bite" toward the finish. Outstanding.

  • Royal Tokaji Nyulászó, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaji – 2016 – Decanter – 92 Points

    This is a more elegant and restrained 6 puttonyos Aszú compared to the other single vineyard examples from the producer in 2016. The Nyulászó Aszú has a floral and flinty nose, the struck match-like notes follow to a palate of concentrated sweet spices, fig, dried and fresh apricot and lime zest. The piercing acidity (10 g/l) runs throughout the luscious body, leading to a pure and lingering finish.

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