Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2006
What is Furmint?
Furmint is a white varietal grown in Hungary and is the main ingredient of Tokaji Aszú. This yellowish-green grape displays a bouquet reminiscent of ripe apples in youth. After aging in wood, Furmint develops aromas of honey and walnuts. Rich in extract, it makes a heady, robust wine with pronounced acid. It is an early-budding, late-ripening variety and is particularly susceptible to botrytis. Often characterized by its high alcohol levels, Furmint’s high acidity gives the wine longevity.
- Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s first growth vineyards in Mád and Tarcal
- Appellation: Tokaj
- Vine Age: 5 and 25 years old
Autumn in Hungary was unusually dry, with only 1.74 inches of rain in three months. It was also the warmest it had been in the last five years. This weather helped produce good quality dry and late harvest wines.
- Harvest Date(s): Late October
- Aging: One batch aged in stainless steel tanks, one in new Hungarian oak barrels from the Zemplen Mountains in northeastern Hungary. After five months of aging, the two batches were blended together.
- Bottled: June 2007
- Varietal Composition: 100% Furmint
- Production (in cases): 4,000 cases
- Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Cases Imported: 1,000
- Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- TA: 6.8g/L
- p H: 1.5g/L
The 2006 Furmint is a pale green/straw color with a lovely clean, fresh, green apple, citrusy aroma with slight notes of bonfire oak. On the palate, the wine is dry, yet smooth with medium acidity, good fruit flavors and long length with a tropical finish.
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2006 – 3 stars, Wine of the Month – Decanter
"From the apply, apricot and sweetly spiced nose, through to the textured palate that shows a mineral finish, this is a well executed, strong wine that has enough personality to tweak many people's interest."
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2006 – 88 points – winereviewonline.com
"Pale with a subtle green tint, the aromas are bright and forward, hinting of ripe apples. It has Riesling-like flavors, accented with citrus and tropical fruit and supported by bracing acidity. Nicely priced, this is a lively wine...."
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2006 – 87 points – The Wine Advocate
"Pineapple, lime zest, musky flowers, and wood smoke scent the nose. On the palate, this displays...refreshing citricity as well as the subtly bitter oiliness common to virtually all Furmint. But there is a satisfying sheer juiciness here....”
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2006 – 3 stars – Decanter
“Delicate aromas of spring flowers, followed by appealing, crisp, steely palate with notes of crunchy apples. Very clean and pure. Good value.”