Istvan Szepsy - Tokaji "Kiraly" Harslevelu 2008 - Hungarian dry wine 6x 75cl Bottles


Istvan Szepsy - Tokaji
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75cl Bottles
Available 11th May 2015

A brilliantly balanced wine, seamlessly combining enduring ripe yellow fruit perfumes and flavours with a delicate velvety texture and a delicious minerally crisp elegance.

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.

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.

Harslevelu, the classic Hungarian variety normally used in dry and sweet Tokaj to add exotic aroma and broad body. This wine is the perfect example of how fantastic dry Tokaji wine can be.

Colour: lively golden yellow

Nose: elegant and expressive and its honey, pear and baked apple notes inviting you you taste it.

Palate: creamy and refreshing with its beautiful ginger, pear and apple flavours. A very complex wine.

Enjoy just by itself or with flavourful, spicy food.

Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Istvan Szepsy   -
ABV:   13.5%
Body:   Medium Bodied
Brand:   Istvan Szepsy
Country of Origin:   Hungary
Grape Type:   Harslevelu
Region:   Tokaj
Serving temperature Degrees C:   11-13
Style of White Wine:   Aromatic
Sweetness of wine:   Dry
Type of closure:   Natural Cork
Vintage:   2008
Winemaker:   Istvan Szepsy


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Producer Information

"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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