I haven’t tried a Tokaji Aszu for years – since living in London really. This is probably because (a) I don’t drink that much sweet wine and (b) the local Australian versions or Sauternes usually fit the bill. But it is a classic style of the wine world, and of Hungary in particular, and it is worth a look for something different. For those unfamiliar with the style, the reference to Aszu is a reference to a botrytis affected style, and the grape used is mostly the furmint. The number of Puttonyos has a linear relationship with the grams per litre of residual sugar in the wine. 5 Puttonyos, as in this case, corresponds to approximately 120g/l of residual sugar.
What then of the wine, you say. It is golden in colour, with an orange tinge and a pale intensity of expression. The aroma is clean, with pronounced intensity notes of honey, caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar and orange blossom. It is developing. The palate is sweet with medium-high acidity, medium body, and similar butterscotch, honey and caramel flavours, together with some dried apricots, set to medium length. This is a good example of the style. Good to Very Good
Price: mid $40s
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Tasted: July 2012