OREMUS Tokaji Aszu, 6 Puttonyos 2013 Half Litre (rtc)
Hungary | 50cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Sweet
The production of Aszú wine (literally, “teardrop” wine) is a meticulous process only possible in exceptional vintages and under unique conditions which enable the development of Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot. A five puttonyos wine is made by adding five 25-kilo panniers (puttonyos) containing noble Aszú berries to a gönc barrel (136 liters) of base must. For a six puttonyos wine, it’s six panniers to a barrel, increasing sweetness and concentration even further. The Aszú berries are macerated for two days until swollen, followed by a gentle press. Fermentation takes place in new Hungarian oak barrels – a slow process which can last up to two months. The ageing process is completed in 136 and 200-litre barrels for two to three years, and in bottle for an additional year before release.
The winter of 2013 was mild with abundant precipitation, which provided an ideal water reserve to start the growing cycle. Rainfall continued in June, though July and August were dry and hot with some showers and hail. Autumn was mild with cold nights and sunny days that reinforced the typical acidity of the region. This was a classical vintage for excellent Aszú grapes. In fact, after 2008, vintage 2013 was the greatest vintage of the millennium so far for sweet wines. Extraordinary in quality and quantity.
Grape Varieties: Furmint, Hárslevelu, Zéta, Sárgamuskotály
Sugar: 6 puttonyos: 174 grams per litre
The Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013 is a thrilling combination of richness and clarity. The base wine component contributes mouth-watering grapefruit and orange blossom flavours, which the botrytis element rounds out with decadent marmalade and fig.