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 combines the intense green apple aromas of the furmint grape with hárslevelű's citrus fruits and floral characteristics 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.
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
Speciality: Limited edition - only 230 bottles made - individually numbered
Meet the Winemaker
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, was determined to produce only the highest-quality wines possible by maximising the potential of each vintage. It all starts in his vineyards with growing grapes of outstanding quality by applying a rigorous scientific approach to cultivation. He then creates each wine using artisanal wine-making methods, allowing the unique characteristics of the grape, the vineyard and the terroir to shine through in every drop.