Royal Tokaji, 5 Puttonyos Aszu, Hungary, 2008
In the news, reported in Decanter online 14/3/14 … Hungary abolishes 3 and 4 puttonyos Tokaji grades, the two lowest grades, as of this year.
A classic blend of furmint, harslevelu and muscat de lunel. Natural cork closure, 11.5% abv, 250ml, £12, Waitrose.
Compare the sensory differences of Tokaji relative to Sauternes, – Myrat and Suduiraut for example, with this wine there is no VA to note on the nose (although wines created from berries with noble rot often show this), more notably Tokaji alcohol is less by 3% or more, with higher acidity, and a less coated mouth after spitting. Tokaji seems to range from 9.5-12% abv.
In summary, it can be said that Tokaji shows, relative to Sauternes, lower alcohol and higher acidity.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas of slightly lifted orange and lemon marmalade, candied orange and hints of rich lemon curd and warm floral honey.
Palate – a sweet wine, with medium (+) acidity, no tannins, medium (-) alcohol, with a full body and a smooth viscous texture; a pronounced intensity, with flavours of sharp orange marmalade, apricot compote and candied fruit. The length is very long with a clean crisp finish.
Quality – a very good quality wine, with a balance between acidity, alcohol and sweetness, which are in harmony with the flavour intensity. The wine is very concentrated and moderately complex with rich flavours. The finish is exceedingly long. This wine has acidity and flavour intensity to cellar for 10-15 years.