(2023) 70% Furmint, 20% Harslevelu, 10% Yellow Muscat with 145g/l residual sugar. The best botrytised grapes are always used for this label - sometimes it is 100% Furmint; in 2018, it was 100% Yellow Muscat. (GD)
(2023) 200g/l residual sugar. Apricot and dried herb notes with spectacular concentration and a stunningly long finish. (GD)
(2023) 180g/l residual sugar. From one of the highest vineyards overlooking Mad on stony ground with clay topsoil, this has honeysuckle and plum aromas, with honey and minty notes as well as minerality and thrilling acidity. Complex with massive concentration and exaggerated length. Price quoted for a previous vintage. (GD)
(2023) This has 203g/l of residual sugar. One of the company’s small production special ‘By Appointment’ labels that are single varietals rather than blends. In this case, the lesser known Kabar grape is used. Authorised in the Tokaj region since 2006, it is low-yielding, can reach high sugar levels and is prone to the noble form of botrytis. It is also high in acidity. Linden-blossom honey and tart lime notes. Not in UK (GD)
(2023) Sweet with 133 g/l residual sugar. Great value blend of Furmint and Yellow Muscat (latter gives spearmint note). Tropical garden qualities of quince, apricot, pineapple and fig. Some botrytis. Excellent with spicy Asian food and cheese. (GD)
(2023) Istvan Szepsy, a legendary winemaker, has handed over vinification to his son Istvan junior. Vines planted in 1936 with lots of different Furmint clones produce a truly great wine. Harmonious, concentrated and long with all the concomitants in balance. Structure from 300-litre barrels (none new). Not made every year, but 2017 available in Hedonism with this vintage likely to be shortly. (GD)
(2023) Delightfully expressive peach and pear notes, with racy acidity and salty minerality. 50% new oak effortlessly absorbed. (GD)
(2023) Very good value traditional method sparkling made by Gabor Rakaczki in big volumes (100,000 bottles p.a.) 8g/l dosage, composed of 75% Furmint, 20% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir. (GD)
(2023) An interesting wine this, a classic Tokaji blend of 93% Furmint with 7% Hárslevelű, but representing a new, slightly lighter facet of the Tokaji Aszú story. It is comprised of some fully-botrytised grapes, and some that are late harvested, for a still very sweet (153g/l residual sugar), but fresher style. It spent 12 months ageing in two and three-year-old barrels. The nose is laden with honey and light lime marmalade aromas, plenty of sweet nectarine a nuances of Bergamot and tobacco. In the mouth it is unctuous and rich, fully sweet and so much exotic fruit and honey, with the acid singing clearly above the rich fruit and oak spice. A terrific new style of Tokaji. Price for a 50cl bottle. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2021) This is the special 50cl bottling for Waitrose that I've recommended in previous vintages, and which always pleases. Honey, glycerine and fig on the nose, then an unctuously thick palate of apricot and marmalade, full sweetness, and the acid has a certain creamy softness to it that smooths the picture, though of course is more than sufficient to balance. There's a nectarine juiciness here that offsets the viscous richness, in a pure and delightful wine. Watch the video for more information.