Tokaji Aszu 2002

Tokaji Aszu 2002 - Sweet Dessert Wine - Buy Wine OnlinePrice: £22.51

50 cl

Sweet White

Crowned the Wine of Kings and King of Wines by Louis XIV, Tokaji Asz˙ has been enjoyed by French kings, German emperors and Russian czars through the centuries.

Along with the flagship Asz˙, the famous wines of Tokaj also include Szamorodni and the rare Eszencia. The grape varieties responsible for this fare include the yellow Furmint, the Debr÷i HßrslevelŘ (Lime-leaf) and the yellow Muscatel.

The sweet essence of Tokaji dessert wines is a product of late-picked grapes that have been left on the vine to make an incredible transformation. A normally undesirable windborne fungus - Botrytis cinerea to be specific - takes hold on the grapes, feeding on their organic acids, but leaving their sugar untouched. This is known as "noble rot." The grapes subsequently shrivel as they lose water. It is during this process that a most unique flavour is developed, and Asz˙ comes into being.

Asz˙ (pronounced UH-soo) is the name given to these late grapes, which are collected in tubs called puttonyos. This is mentioned because the puttony is used as a measure of sweetness of the wine, referring literally to the number of tubs of Asz˙ added to the must before fermentation. 

The circumstances that lead to a perfect batch of Asz˙ are in themselves rather extraordinary. Factors such as the vine's flowering time finishing early enough in June, ample rainfall in July and August to negate the scorching effects of the sun, and dry weather from mid-August to October to prevent a high moisture content, are all important requirements on which production depends. Furthermore, the rain must return in late October in order to soften the grapes' skins, and this should be followed by a cool dry period in which the grapes will begin to dry and wither. Fortunately, the Hungarian weather is very accommodating.

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