2017 Royal Tokaji Late HarvestBlend from Hungary
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Pale gold color with delicate aromas of exotic fruits and spice. Light and fresh on the palate with hints of white peach, the wine is medium sweet with an excellent acid balanc...
Pale gold color with delicate aromas of exotic fruits and spice. Light and fresh on the palate with hints of white peach, the wine is medium sweet with an excellent acid balance, a silky texture and a clean, long and crisp finish.
Shortly after the start of the new millennium, the genuine shortage of aszú (botrytis) harvests and the limited volumes even in those vintages led us to explore other opportunities. We researched ways of producing more accessible, but equally vibrant, wines of around 100 g/L (equivalent to a 4 puttonyos sweetness). Rather than selecting individual berries shriveled by botrytis, Late Harvest relies on partial bunch selection, which naturally includes ripe, overripe and botrytised berries. This combination of different ripening stages of the berries inside the bunch gives a distinctive Tokaji character but does not require the long ageing of aszú wines. The harvested clusters are then pressed and the rich must fermented in the same manner as the dry wines, maintaining a balance of sugar and natural acidity. The Late Harvest spends about three months in barrels, using some new casks. As with all Royal Tokaji wines, quality, house style and balance is the focus.
-- Ben Howkins on Royal Tokaji Late Harvest
|Varietal(s)||Furmint, Harslevelu, Muscat|
|Taste||smoke, pear, lime, marzipan, blood orange, apricot, tobacco, tea, cinnamon, chocolate, pineapple, coriander, peach, orange and grapey|
|Nose||smoke, pear, lime, marzipan, blood orange, apricot, tobacco, tea, cinnamon, chocolate, spice, pollen, elderflower, grapey, coriander, peach and orange|