Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Szt. Tamás 1st Growth, Dry Furmint — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • Szt. Tamás is a celebrated First Growth vineyard partly sloping southwest, which overlooks the Royal Tokaji winery in Mád, and partly east, which goes down to a brook valley. The soil in both parts is rich, red clay interspersed with indigo and purple volcanic rocks on
      and below the surface. The eastern part has the cooler climate of the two.

  • Vintage Report

    • An excellent vintage for dry wines, 2019 was warm and early and provided ripe and full-flavoured Furmint grapes with balancing acidity.

      Summer was hot with temperatures often above 35°C and with persistent showers, again accelerating maturation and the grapes were ready earlier than usual for harvesting for dry wine production. We harvested the grapes for this wine from the cooler, eastern side of Szt. Tamás at the end of September.

  • Vinification

    • Whole bunches of Furmint grapes were pressed and fermented in 300 litre Zemplén oak barrels. After fermentation the wine was matured for ten months in Hungarian, 30% new oak barrels.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Furmint
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 7.2 g/L
    • RS: 1.4 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Our Szt. Tamás Furmint is a powerful wine, typically well-structured and concentrated, elegance and grace combining with a firm backbone. Crisp acidity balances the ripe fruit and the barrel maturation adds discreet notes of spice. Long and intense, the wine accurately reflects its unique climate and soil.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve at a cool temperature with Asian food, white meats, fish and pasta dishes.



  • Szt. Tamás 1st Growth, Dry Furmint — 2019 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points

    "Unpeeled hunks of ginger, whole cloves, and juicy pears headline the nose of this dry Furmint from a First Growth vineyard with clay and volcanic soils. The palate is beautifully dry and crisp, with fresh and stewed pears alongside tart lemon juice and rind. The long, citrus-forward finish will have you reaching for your next sip—and asking for a second glass—before you know it."

  • Szt. Tamás 1st Growth, Dry Furmint — 2019 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    “A beautiful range of spice box, tobacco and tea leaf notes provide a fragrant, savory thread, with flavors of dried pear and quince paste, plus a tangy streak of salinity. This is broad and creamy on the palate, with deftly honed acidity creating a well-meshed, vibrant frame.”