Hétszőlő Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2010 The Wine Gate Shop
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Hétszőlő Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2010

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The estate

The parcels of the Tokaj-Hétszőlő Estate were classed as Tokaj Premier Cru as early as 1772, when the Estate still belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This distinction pays homage to the unique characteristics of what is an exceptional terroir. Nature conspired to reunite all the conditions necessary on the Tokaj-Hétszőlő Estate for the much sought-after Botrytis cinerea to flourish – the land is a veritable treasure-trove. But when it comes to wine, you can never take anything for granted. Inspired by the mysterious powers of a single location, men have sought to marshal their know-how to promote this unique gift, making decisions without compromise and controlling yields in a constant search for ultimate quality. For a long time, it was thought that the shimmering colour of the Aszús of Tokaj-Hétszőlő was a sign of gold… Alchemists even examined this strange phenomenon, but failed to find an explanation. One thing is sure: the peculiarities of the Hétszőlő terroir produce wines of great harmony and incomparable complexity, imbued with the smoothness and nose characteristic of loess soils.

The vineyard

The unique and prime vineyards of the Tokaj Hétszőlő estate are located on the southern slopes of Mount Tokaj. In 1502, the Garai family gathered seven parcels of land that became the Tokaj Hétszőlő estate. The vineyards cover 55 hectares where a favorable climate, the unique soil and the grape varieties prone to "noble rot" produce Hétszőlő wines of exceptional harmony and unique complexity, velvety quality and characteristic flavor of the loess soil.

The Hétszőlő and Nagyszőlő vineyards have been classified among the first growing areas since 1772. Located on volcanic rocks covered by a thick layer of loess, the vineyards cover 55 hectares of the southern hillside. The confluence of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers creates a climate that is particularly favorable to the development of Botrytis cinerea, which induces the highly prized "noble rot."

"We believe in using organic methods to preserve our soil and the vitality of the vines. In order to recognize this philosophy in every bottle of Hétszőlő wine, we use only our own grapes and aszú-berries for our wines.

"Gergely Makai, vineyard director

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The Vintage

The spring was sunny and dry. In summer, there was so much rain in a few days that it would have been enough for one to two months. Until August, it was a promising year for Aszú berries, but the summer lasted until mid-October. Because of the long summer, there is hardly any Aszú, but there are some wonderful dry and late wines from 2010.

Information

  • Domain Tokaj-Hétszölö
  • Vineyard Hétszőlő and Nagyszőlő
  • Color
    White
  • Vintage 2010
  • Variety 100 % Furmint
  • Alcohol degrees11.5°

Tasting Notes

Eye, bouquet, palate

Shiny golden color, rich and oily texture. Fresh complex nose with apricots, and honey notes. Rich, full bodied palate with dried fruits, followed by a hint of orange peel and vanilla. The high sugar levels are balanced by the crisp acidity.

Temperature

12°

Drinking window

2040

Wine and food pairing

Attractive companion of foie gras or even some spicy oriental food. Goes well with creamy, nutty or fruity desserts, matured cheese.