65% Furmint, 30% Hárslevelü and 5% Muscatel are used as “base wine” which is vinified in used oak barrels. Then the hand-picked botrytis berries are macerated in this base wine. |The secondary fermention lasts two years during which time the wines stay in used 136 litre oak Tokaj casks. This has a complex character with flavours of apricot and dried orange. This would work with any caramel-based desserts, posh bread and butter pudding etc. but would be equally at home with mild blue cheeses.
The winery is situated in the ancient town of Mád and there are eight hectares under vine in the “Grand Cru” Kiraly and Betsek areas, planted to Furmint, Harslevelu (Lindenleaf) and Muscat. It is owned by cellist Andras Bruhacs and two German fellow classical musicians.The vines average age is around 30 years old, producing extremely low yields. Imre Galambosi, as well as being the winemaker, was also mayor for a span of eight years. He‘s no longer mayor, but we are happy to say that he is still managing the winery. He eschews modern, high-tech methods and relies on traditional vinification and barrel ageing. Not cheap, but truly exceptional!