Complex sweet white wine with an intense, very rich aroma of vanilla, yellow-fleshed fruits, plenty of spices, citrus fruits, apricot, pear and ripe apples. The balance is tilting towards sugar, with a soft and creamy texture and a firmer, more developed botrytis character. Tantalising layers of apricot, yellow-fleshed peach, raisin, vanilla, sweet spices, ripe apple and quince on the palate round-out a memorable drink.
Serving temperature: 12-14°C
Grape variety: Furmint
Soil type: Rhyolite, quartz and andesite
Fermentation: Spontaneous fermentation in oak barrel
Ageing: 9 months in oak barrel
Alcohol content: 10.0%
Bottle size: 0.5l
Awards: Women's Wine and Spirits Award 2020 - Gold Medal
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.
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