2001 Hétszölö 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu (500ml)
Lean and sinewy, this white tempers its sweetness with a racy structure. Orange peel, dried apricot and hard lemon candy notes are joined by a salty element on the finish. Drink now through 2020.
This original dessert wine was made according to tradition, harvesting only starts after 28th October, and may last until the first snows, so as to allow the botrytis cinerea (noble rot) to develop and to obtain the maximum concentration of grape must. When the grape must concentration is sufficient, the grapes with noble rot are separately harvested. The Aszú grapes are manually harvested one by one, and maceration takes place with the grape must. Next fermentation takes place in barrels for one and a half to two months. The white wine is then aged for three years in oak barrels stored in underground cellars at constant temperature (12° to 13° C) and humidity. This long aging process gives the wine its complex and inimitable bouquet.