Istvan Szepsy - Tokaji Aszu, 6 Puttonyos 2007 - Tokaji Aszu from Hungary 50cl Bottle


Istvan Szepsy - Tokaji Aszu, 6 Puttonyos 2007
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Undeniably one of the world's great classic sweet wines - the balance, intensity and complexity and sheer drinkability of this wine show the tiny Szepsy winery to be one of the best on the planet!

There are winemakers and there are alchemists; how else could you explain the pureness of Szepsy's wines, the elegance of his fruit and the harmony of structure? And yet, like most great wine-makers, his wines are not about what he does as much as what he does not do. There is no over-working the fruit at this estate, no unbalanced wines due to 'ambitious' winemaking. The philosophy is all about preserving the quality of the fruit and not about enhancement by artifice or sleight of hand.

If Szepsy's fruit traces the purest possible line from the vineyard to the bottle, the man himself can boast a lineage that goes back close to the origins of Tokaji: He is the direct descendant of Szepsy Lacko Mate who, in 1631 was the first person to write down the Tokaji making process.

Tokaj wine region is a historical wine region located in northeastern Hungary. It is also one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary. The region consists of 28 named villages and 11,149 hectares of classified vineyards, of which an estimated 5,500 are currently planted. Tokaj has been declared a World Heritage Site in 2002 under the name Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape.

The term Aszu refers to the shrivelled grape berries that are created by way of overripe grapes and noble-rot (botrytisation) occurring upon the vines. The Aszu wine is made of grape berries that have shrivelled and stewed as a result of noble rot, under attack by the botrytis cinerea fungus. If after a warm summer the cool, foggy dawns are followed by sunshine, due to the beneficial effect of the fungus the process of botrytisation commences.

The process of making of Tokaji Aszu is extremely labour intensive. The Aszu berries are selected from the vines by hand after which they are collected in wooden vessels "puttonyos" each of which is capable of storing 20-25 kg of Aszu berries. The puttony number between 3-6 designates how many Aszu berries were used to make one barrel (136 l) of wine. After the must is perfected, small cloth containers are filled with the sweet pulp and juice of Aszu grapes and added to the wine. Furmint is the dominant grape in Tokaji and Aszu in the name simply to the dried, nobly-rotted grapes, which are hand-picked from vines. The number of puttonys is an indication of sweetness, with two the driest and six the sweetest. That is the reason why it is important not to mix up the Hungarian Tokaji Aszu with the Slovenian variety, called Tokajsky wine as the difference is more significant as you would expect from the names.

Szepsy has around 50 hectares under vine in largely rocky, volcanic soil. Though traditional in his approach, he constantly searches for new refinements in his quest for perfection. Fermentation and maturation takes place in wood. His yields have been described by none other than Michel Bettane of the Revue du Vin de France as "ridiculously low" (we could add, off course that they are Mad!). The wines have an almost sacred reputation and justifiably so as this example will prove.

Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Istvan Szepsy   -
ABV:   10%
Acidity g/l:   9.2
Body:   Full Bodied
Brand:   Istvan Szepsy
Country of Origin:   Hungary
Region:   Tokaj
Residual Sugar g/l:   240
Serving temperature Degrees C:   12
Sweetness of wine:   Sweet
Type of closure:   Natural Cork
Vintage:   2007
Winemaker:   Istvan Szepsy


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"At Kiralyudvar, our fundamental vineyard practice remains the same - rigorous pruning, aggressive green harvesting, berry by berry picking, low yields, and late harvests." - Istvan Szepsy, winemaker.

The Szepsy family has been making Tokaji Aszu wines since the early 1600s. Today, Istvan Szepsy is the most highly regarded winemaker in the Tokaj region. Trained at the Horticultural University in Budapest, Istvan Szepsy became the head of the Tokaj Producers' Cooperative during Communist times. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Istvan Szepsy's expertise was instrumental in the establishment of the Royal Tokaj Wine Company. In 1989, Istvan Szepsy revived the Szepsy family tradition of producing wines under the Szepsy label from family vineyards.

As of 1997, Istvan Szepsy is a co-founding owner and the Managing Director of Kiralyudvar Tokaj Winery. He controls all aspects of Kiralyudvar's wine production, from vineyard selection for the Company's acquisition program to the choice of cepage (the grape varietals and relative percentages that go into a wine). Furthermore, he oversees Kiralyudvar's entire viticultural practice, barrel selection, winemaking, and cellar control.

Istvan Szepsy sets the standard, tone, style and soul of Kiralyudvar's esteemed wines. His Tokaji Aszus are some of the most avidly collected wines in the world. Istvan Szepsy's winemaking philosophy can best be captured in his own words. "I start with the very best vineyards and produce the best wine possible from each vineyard - from each vine, half a glass of the best Tokaji Aszu I can create!"

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