Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Red Label, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2009

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Tokaj, Hungary
  • Vintage Report

    • The best description for the weather is “extreme” for 2009. There was a lot of everything, but none at the right time. Budding started perfectly with lovely sunny days and high temperatures, but the region endured serious drought by the middle of May. Rainfall just exceeded 200mm (nearly eight inches) for the first five months. Relative humidity of the air was generally perfect. All of the late-ripening varieties like Furmint and Hárslevelű exceeded full ripeness by the end of September. After October 10, it turned rainy. This made harvesting almost impossible. Fortunately, we picked early and in time. Wines made by grapes harvested before the rain started have a lovely elegance and fresh fruitiness. 

      The aszú berries were soaked in base wine of 15g/L to 18g/L residual sugar, then it was fermented in stainless-steel tanks. The wine was inoculated with our own indigenous yeast. After fermentation, the wine was aged in oak for two years and then it was bottled.

  • Vinification

    • Bottled: June 25, 2012
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Muscat
    • Alcohol: 11%
    • TA: 8.4 g/L
    • RS: 173.7 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Clear amber-gold. Plenty of subtle botrytis character on the nose, orange peel, apricot and honey. Rich and intense on the palate with citrus notes, spice and hints of dried plum and nuts. Very complex and precisely balanced with a lively, fresh, clean acidity. Drinking well now, promises to develop for many years to come.

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  • Red Label, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2009 – 90 points – Wine & Spirits

    "...this is bright and fresh the acidity charging the wine with energy as it brings more and different flavors to the fore: honeysuckle, candied orange. Lemon meringue and sage. The structure suggests it will age well..."

  • Red Label, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2009 – 93 points, Top 100 Wines of 2016 #85 – International Wine Report

    “… flat-out delicious … beautifully balanced by the underlying acidity which provides a lovely sense of freshness … remarkable depth and complexity all the way through the succulent, mouthwatering finish, making it almost impossible to resist.”

  • Red Label, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2009

    Plenty of subtle botrytis character on the nose, orange peel, apricot and honey. Rich and intense on the palate with citrus notes, spice and hints of dried plum and nuts. Very complex and precisely balanced with a lively, fresh, clean acidity.

  • Red Label, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2009 – 90 points – Wine & Spirits

    “… bright and fresh, the acidity charging the wine with energy as it brings more and different flavors to the fore ... The structure suggests it will age well, but it also has the restraint to be delicious right now...”

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