St Tamás, Tokaji Aszú, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaji, Hungary (37.5cl.), 2009
Mád Wine KFT is intent on putting Dry Furmint on the world map and in its collective glass.
Based in the village of Mád, in the heart of the Tokaji region, they toil the vineyards shaped by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. World famous for the exquisite sweet wine that is produced here, they know that this volcanic terroir is the key to proving that their dry wines are just as good as the sweet ones. Creating wines with unique flavours somewhere between Loire Chenin and Chablis in style, that are refreshing with an underlying minerality that feels like it comes directly up from those ancient volcanic soils.
The village of Mád, the most prestigious in the region of Tokaji is still composed of many plots of small growers, the aim has been to raise the viticultural standards of the growers by guaranteeing a purchase of their grapes at an above market price dependent on their working with the Mád viticulturists. This ensures an excellent supply of high quality grapes. The vineyards for these wines sit on the south and western sides of the hill overlooking the village and are planted on predominantly red clay, zeolite Malota and quartz rhyolite soils.
The carefully selected Botrytized berries are soaked into the fermenting base wine. This limited Aszú wine has been aged for three years in 300l size oak barrels.
Type: 300l Zempléni (Hungarian)
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Rich, concentrated botytised dessert wine produced only in the most exceptional of vintages. Great complexity, fresh fruity character, touch of honey on the nose and refreshing acidity on the palate. Extremely long lingering finish.
The obvious choice is Foie Gras but a blue veigned cheese such as Roquefort or Stilton works well.
Sárga Muskotály 20%
6 x 37.5cl