2001 Hétszölö Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos (500ml)

SKU #1054823 93 points Wine Spectator

 A tightly wound, linear style, boasting apricot, orange peel and mineral, with a hint of Angostura Bitters. This is intense, yet stays balanced thanks to its vibrant structure. Drink now through 2025.  (5/ 2010)

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With a stunning 120 g/l of residual sugar (minimum), 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 ageing process gives the wine its complex and inimitable bouquet. It is rare to find a 6 Puttonyos Tokaji at this price point. It is one little basket away from a full Essenzia, and it is just plain perfection when served chilled with apple-based desserts!

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 By: MartinD of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog |  Review Date: 8/15/2011 
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Golden yellow color with vivid aromas of apricot and orange peel. On the palate viscous, balanced with harmonious streak of acidity, and intense apricot and orange flavors with a hint of minerality. Long finish.

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