Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Essencia, Tokaj – 2016

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  • Introduction

    • Essencia is the world’s most concentrated essence of its ripest grapes, it is the ’liquid gold’ that very slowly oozes from a pile of aszú grapes raisined by botrytis and climatic conditions.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Tokaj
  • Vintage Report

    • In 2016 we had a mild and dry winter with no serious frosts. This was followed by a long spring, with lovely, warm days but cool, almost chilly nights. The flowering season was unusually long resulting in uneven fruit set in many vineyards and across all grape varieties. From the middle of August, the botrytis began to spread all over the region and highly affected the grapes. By summer time we were quietly confident of an ideal harvest, straightforward with high quality – but July and August brought intermittent rain and hail, reducing the crop and encouraging botrytis. Our expert pickers carefully selected the finest berries throughout September and October, and we were rewarded with a small Aszú harvest of exceptional quality.

      Then the free-run juice – in this case from first-generation berries only – was collected. A gradual and very slow alcoholic fermentation took place spontaneously, lasting over 3 years.

  • Vinification

    • Bottled: December 2019
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelü, Muscat
    • Production (in cases): 383 cases
    • Alcohol: 2%
    • TA: 15.54 g/L
    • RS: 534.6 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Dark gold color with reddish notes. The nose opens quite rapidly and gives a lot of botrytis and extreme complexity with lots of medlars, rosehip jelly, peach, and pear. In the mouth citric, bold, and complex. Outstanding candied fruit character, corner jelly, and a nice touch of lemon balm herbs. Balanced with endless freshness and fruitiness where the high acidity balances the sweetness and contributes to a long and thrilling finish to the Essencia.

    • Serving Suggestions: 2016 Essencia is offered as a single bottle (375 ml) in a red lacquer case with a crystal sipping spoon. The spoon was designed exclusively for Royal Tokaji, enabling 25 1-tablespoon pours per bottle.



  • Essencia, Tokaj — 2016 – Wine Enthusiast – 99 Points

    "Luxurious enough to be poured onto a spoon rather than in a glass—and Royal Tokaji had crystal sipping spoons designed for this very purpose—Essencia is a marvel no matter how you serve or sip it. Ripe and stewed figs headline the aromas, with notes of clementine, white peach and lemon verbena. The palate is structured with rich fruit and tart acidity, while the finish is citric and mind-bendingly long."

  • Essencia, Tokaj — 2016 – Vinous – 98 Points

    “There’s no dabbling on the nose as it bursts with scents of Clementine, Japanese yuzu, quince and marmalade. Yet this being Essencia, those flavors are amplified without any loss in delineation. The palate is as unctuous as you expect, lacquering the inside of the mouth. The tastebuds tingle with glee, reveling in untrammeled sweetness, effortlessly offset by that razor-sharp acidity that renders it not cloying in the slightest. Purer than an angelic choirboy, the 2016 is armed with immense tension on the citric finish that offers Seville orange marmalade, strawberry, mandarin and quince."