Situated in the picturesque region of Tokaji-Hegyalja in north-eastern Hungary these vineyards were first planted by Count Ferenc Dobó in 1576, in 1737 they were classified as Grand Cru by Royal Decree. With it's sister vineyard Pajzos the Chateau shares winemaking facilities & the famous Rákóczi Cellars at the Sárospatak Castle, the largest & best preserved Renaissance castle in Hungary. Tokaji Aszu; a noble wine, golden nectar, liquid indulgence. Sublime!
The palate has praline notes at the start interlaced with botrytis, dried figs & honey, next pineapple & apricots. Aged notes from 4 years of ageing in small wooden barrels. A thick, creamy texture with a smooth long finish. Beautiful.
Freshly picked and fermented Frappato grapes are blended with ultra-ripe Nero d'Avola that have dried on the vine to provide a delightful "Appassimento" style red - rich, savoury and a real crowd-pleaser.
Deep ruby red. A rich, expressive bouquet with notes of red-berried fruit, blackberry and blackcurrant with highlights of oak. The palate is rounded, ample and flavourful, displaying remarkable freshness. The harmonious balance of the tannins, which imparts fine aromatic length with a predominantly fruity back-of-palate, is to be savoured. One of the great achievements of the 2017 vintage, a very fine wine that stands out by virtue of its freshness and vibrancy.
One of my favourite white discoveries of last year; crisp, fresh and elegant with classic varietal character and a mouthwatering finish. - Chris Connolly