Grand Tokaj Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2015
To make Grand Tokaj Aszú 5 Puttonyos a base wine is made in September from healthy grapes, then from mid-October, raisin-like, sugar-rich Aszú grapes are handpicked into ‘puttony’ baskets and lightly crushed. Then 5 ‘puttony’ (25 kg) of Aszú grapes are added to 136 litres of base wine which undergoes maceration and a second fermentation. The wine is then aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 4 years and a further 9 months in bottle before release. Aromatic notes of peach, orange peel, figs, exotic flowers and a touch of dill at the end. On the palate, it has a clear fruity flavour with orange, quince, pear and apricot, along with a suggestion of white chocolate and vanilla essence. The acids keep the wine round and lengthy. The finish is a lingering lime-grapefruit in the mouth with a mature coffee aftertaste thanks to the barrel-ageing process.