The first Tokaji sparkling wine from Balassa Winery, made in partnership with fellow winemaker László Szilágyi, is an experimental and exciting vintage. This extra brut beautifully combines the intense green apple aromas of the furmint grape with citrus fruits and the floral characteristic of hárslevelű, and yeasty notes from the lees ageing. It is refreshing with a tight body and searing acidity; its liveliness gently subsides on the palate, allowing the mineral notes of the volcanic Tokaji terroir to shine through. It is perfect for drinking now, but it will keep evolving in the bottle for many years to come.

Food Pairing

Try as an aperitif, or serve with light Asian noodle dishes or a herb risotto. 

Serving temperature: 9-10 °C

Grape variety: Furmint & Hárslevelű

Soil type: Clay and rhyolite tuff

Fermentation: Tank fermentation

Ageing: 19 months until disgorgement and an additional 4 months on lees

Alcohol content: 12.5%                   

Bottle size: 0.75l

Specialty: Limited edition - only 230 bottles made - individually numbered

Balassa Winery, Tokaj - Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

The boutique Balassa winery was established in 2005 by Istvan Balassa in the historic Tokaj wine region. Right from the beginning, Istvan, a perfectionist, has been determined to produce only the highest-quality wines possible by maximising the potential of each vintage. It all starts with growing grapes of an outstanding quality, applying a rigorous approach to cultivation. Each wine is then created using artisanal wine-making methods, highlighting the unique characteristics of the grape, the vineyard and the terroir.

Honey and Mustard Chicken

A delicious oven-baked honey and mustard chicken breast with a cornucopia of flavours courtesy of five Great Taste Award winners. The beguiling flowery taste of the lime honey combines perfectly with the nutty flavour of the sunflower oil and the slight-acidity of the mustard, all given a mouth-watering twist by the addition of sweet paprika smoked on aromatic beech wood, as well as a bit of hot paprika for that irresistible kick.

Stir-Fry with Chili Oil

This simple recipe makes for a quick wholesome dinner, ideal for coeliacs and lovers of oriental flavours. Just make sure that you keep an eye out for fridge raiders if you decide to take the leftovers into the office the next day.

BALASSA Tokaji Extra Brut 2019