Tokaj Classic Winery Ltd., Hungary


Tokaji Szamorodni "Prelude"

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Alcohol content: 10.0% by Vol
Sugar free extract: 34.3 g/L
Residual sugar: 173.2 g/L
Acidity: 5.4 g/L
Sulfur (SO2):   308 mg/L
Bottle size: 500 mL
Calories: 125 cal per 100 mL
Varieties: 60% Furmint, 35% Hárslevelű, 5% Muscat Lunel
Harvest time: Nov 15 - Dec 2012, quantity 8.5 hL/ha.
Origin: Mád, Király and Betsek
Character: The year 2012, although it produced some good Aszu, did not warrant the usual hand selection of botrytis-affected berries. Entire bunches were harvested, partially containing both Aszú berries as well as some naturally dried berries. The high sugar content of 173 g/L is enhanced by rich tropical fruits and flowery aromas. Sweet "Beerenauslese" with a pronounced botrytis taste. In the background are tropical fruits, quince, and the aroma of wild flowers. Very young.
Soil: Clay topsoil, with volcanic, high lime, iron subsoil containing rhiolite, trachyte, andesite and zeolite substances. Moisture is present in tufa rocks. Added soil compounds laid down through ancient fumaroles, lend a powerfully rich, complex minerality to the wine.
Cellar technology: A high percentage of the botrytis affected berries on the bunches resulted in an excellent crop. After a short maceration and pressing, the juice was fermented at low temperature in steel tanks.
Storage: At a constant temperature of 12.8°C and 80% humidity, in small 135-L oak Tokaj casks. Followed by nine months resting time in casks. Purification and completion effected by bottling in July 2014.
Lifespan: Drink before 2030
Closure: Natural cork with silver capsule