RED LABEL 2016, 500 ml – 5 PUTTONYOS TOKAJI ASZÚ WINE
In 2016 the overall quality is very high with good ripeness and acidity, and volumes in line with long-term averages.
After a mild and dry winter, we had a long spring with warm days and cool nights. The flowering season was unusually long and there was an uneven fruit set in many vineyards due to some late spring frosts.
Throughout the summer, the weather was almost perfect. In July and August, the region was hit by hail, but there was no serious damage and overall we had a successful ripening season. From the middle of August, botrytis started to spread all over the region. We harvested concentrated, intensely flavored grapes and aszú berries. The quality was exceptional in all our vineyards and we were able to produce our full range of aszú 1st and Great 1st Growths for the first time since 2008!
These outstanding aszú berries with good structure and perfect botrytis were macerated in fermenting must for two days. After pressing and finishing fermentation, the wines were transferred into 300 and 500 liter Hungarian Zemplen oak casks in our 13th century underground cellars to mature for over two years. The final blends were carefully crafted in the spring of 2019.
Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Muscat and other native grapes.
TA: 9.9 g/L
RS: 158 g/L
Intense nose with lots of botrytis. Great structure with flavors of lime, citrus and peaches; a fine balance of richness, racy acidity and a long finish.
Wine & Spirits – “This is the 14th vintage of Red Label since the company’s founding in 1990. At 158 grams per liter of residual sugar—officially enough to consider this 6 Puttonyos—it’s sweet, yet it’s also deeply savory, with marzipan, mushroom and ferrous mineral tones packed around the honeyed peach flavor. Acidity keeps it brisk and clean, ready to pair with a cheese plate.” (92 Pts)
Decanter – “Elegant nose with notes of fine pear, peach, acacia, honey and sweet spices. Intensely rich with a firm acidity.” (92 Pts)