Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • What is Furmint?
      Furmint (FOOR-mint) is a white varietal grown in Hungary and is the main ingredient of Tokaji Aszú wines. 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s first growth vineyards in Mád
    • Appellation: Tokaj
  • Vintage Report

    • After a mild, dry winter, budding started on April 10 and both blossoming and berry set were very good. In July, there was nearly as much rain in one month as in the entire six months before. By late August, the berries looked nice and sugar levels were normal. Sugar levels stopped increasing in early September, allowing the winery to produce lovely, dry Furmint wines with moderate alcohol and perfect balance.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 50% of the wine was fermented in tank, 50% in barrel
    • Bottled: March 29, 2012
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Furmint
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.1g/L
    • RS: 1.5g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • On the nose, the 2011 Furmint displays charming grape flower, gooseberry and lime aromas with a hint of nuts. On the palate, the wine is dry and sleek. The barrel-fermented portion of the blend gently rounds it out, keeping it fresh with a long finish.



  • Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2011 – 92 points – Wine Enthusiast Best of the Year

    "This wine is straw in color, with delightful notes of lemon curds and apricot blossoms. On the palate, freshly picked apricot and Anjou pear provide the core to a slightly spiced backdrop, finishing crisp and clean.”

  • Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2011 – 7 worldly wines to drink with Thanksgiving leftovers – Miami Herald

    “The aromas are like viognier’s, the leanness and acidity like chenin blanc’s, the texture like viognier’s again. As a white wine, it is even slightly tannic on the finish. Delicious and intriguing both.”

  • Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2011 – 94 points – Wine & Spirits

    "…this furmint positively glows with flavor, moving from apricot into a red fruit realm... back to the stony flavor at the wine's center. Half the blend spent time in oak, an element that grows in impression over the course of several days…"

  • Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj – 2011 – Regional Trophy Winner: Hungarian White Under £15 – Decanter

    "Rich, suave and juicy with a mild apple, dried fruit and apricot nose. Yellow stone fruit, mango, melon and pineapple, waxy with hints of caramel and showing good intensity. Dynamic and beautifully created."