Awarded a Gold medal and 96 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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The 2015 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2019 edition expert review of dry Hungarian Furmint (see blue link below)....
Dobogo Tokaj Furmint 2016 - August 2019 Decanter review
... and the 2016 was reviewed in The Times by Jane MacQuitty on Saturday 8th March, 2019 in her round-up, "Fancy a Furmint"? (see blue link below).
Dobogo Tokaj Furmint 2016 - Times March 2019 review
Tokaj is a region bordered by the rivers Bodrog and Tisza in the northeastern corner of Hungary, 120 miles from Budapest. It consists of 28 villages spread over the Tokaj hills at approximately 220 metres above sea level. Founded in 1869, the Dobogó estate is in the centre of Tokaj and today belongs to Izabella Zwack, the youngest member of the Zwack family (the producers of Hungary's famous liqueur, Unicum).
Grapes were grown in the 40-year-old vineyards of Betsek and Szent Tamás in Mád. Both vineyards are planted with three of the permitted Tokaj grape varieties - 60% Furmint, 30% Harslevelú and 10% Muscat Lunel, although for this wine, only Furmint was used. Yields were restricted using short spur pruning which ensured that the vines did not yield more than one kilogram of fruit per vine. Soils in this area are volcanic.
The 2017 vintage was excellent in the region. Following a very cold and snowy winter, spring started early and there was no significant frost damage despite unusual freezing temperatures in the second part of April. An even distribution of rainfall and high temperatures throughout the growing season was followed by ideal weather in October, resulting in great examples of both dry and sweet Tokaji.
The grapes were harvested by hand. Fermentation took place using natural yeasts in three and four-year-old Hungarian oak barrels of 300-500-litre capactiy. After undergoing battonage (stirring of the lees) for a period of six months it was aged for one year before bottling.
Golden in colour, this wine is regarded as the driest and most mineral Furmints of all Dobogó wines. On the nose, the ripe citrus notes blend with aromas of ripe apples, chamomile and hints of pear and quince. The palate is dry and characterful, with an undeniable minerality and saltiness that reflect the unique qualities of the Furmint grape and make this wine the perfect reflection of the 2017 vintage.