ROYAL TOKAJI 'THE ODDITY'
TOKAJ, HUNGARY 2015
120 years before the classification of Bordeaux, there were vineyards being classified in a small corner of the Kingdom of Hungary known as Tokaj. Three growths were established based on soil, sun exposure, and potential to develop botrytis cinerea, or noble rot. For centuries, Tokaj played a critical role in fine wine, but in the mid-1900s with the establishment of the Hungarian People’s Republic, the entire region seemed to be placed in a time capsule for decades. Almost immediately after the fall of the Hungarian People’s Republic, Hugh Johnson (famous wine-historian and author), established The Royal Tokaji Company (1990), with the sole mission of reviving and bringing back to international acclaim the wines of one of history’s most renowned and nearly forgotten wine regions. Johnson describes the wines of Tokaj as “a wine that would make angels sing out loud in praise” – and if you’ve ever tasted the wines of Royal Tokaji, you’d understand why.
With the region already famous for producing the world’s original sweet wines, it’s their bone-dry whites that have been exciting sommeliers and chefs around the world. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the grape variety responsible for one of the greatest dessert wines is capable of producing a dry wine that is mind-blowingly complex and just flat out delicious. Today’s wine, Royal Tokaji’s 2015 ‘The Oddity’ is a stunning example of what 100% Furmint can do when vinified dry.
Hugh Johnson sought out to acquire some of the finest vineyards in the region, including first growths Szt. Tamas, Nyulaszo and Betsek. Situated on the southern slopes of the Zemplen Mountains, 150 miles northeast of Budapest, the vineyard soils are a combination of clay and loess with a volcanic substratum, and produce fruit with intense minerality and racy acidity. For a region where Botrytis thrives (morning mists followed by warm afternoons), the 2015 vintage was exceptionally dry, allowing for some of the best plots to be used for a non-botrytized, dry wine of exceptional quality.
Whole bunches are pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, with half of the wine matured in 300 and 400 liter Hungarian barrels. The seductive aromas of waxy green apple and pink grapefruit pull you in, while the palate is balanced by a crisp, refreshing acidity and minerality. With a surprisingly long cellaring potential, this can be enjoyed now and over the next decade. Furthermore, this is absolutely on par with the Gruner Veltliners and Rieslings of the world as one of the food-pairing champions and one of those hidden gems that over-deliver for its price. While this might sound too good to be true, this incredible bottle clocks in at sub-$15 when purchased by the 12-pack. At a price like this, we strongly suggest picking up a case.
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