Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Szt. Tamás, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1996

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  • Introduction

    • Single Vineyard
      First Growth, 6 Puttonyos

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Szt. Tamás (saint tä-määsh) Vineyard is located north of Royal Tokaji’s Nyulászó Vineyard on south-, southwest- and southeast-facing slopes at nearly 750 feet, overlooking the winery’s cellars. Named for the apostle Saint Thomas, the vineyard has red, volcanic clay soil high in iron oxide that has the ability to retain moisture well helpful in drought years. Wines produced from grapes grown in the Szt. Tamás Vineyard have a lovely, pure fruitiness, nice acidity and good ageability.

    • Appellation: Tokaj
    • Size: 29.4 acres
    • Vine Age: 17.79 acres: Planted 1982–1987, 11.61 acres: Planted 2001
  • Vintage Report

    • Spring came later than usual to Tokaji, delaying budbreak about a week. The remainder of the summer was rainy, although not too cold. October and November were very sunny and dry, with the grapes ready to harvest by mid-November.

  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 3.5 years
    • Bottled: August 2000
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 65% Furmint, 30%Hárslevelú, 5% Muscat
    • Production (in cases): 600 cases (6/500ml)
    • Cases Imported: 100
    • Alcohol: 10.0%
    • TA: 10.6g/L
    • RS: 162g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 1996 Szt. Tamás is elegant, displaying aromas of fresh earth, tobacco and apricots. On the palate, there are flavors of plum jam, tobacco and a touch of chocolate leading to a long and delicate finish.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve slightly chilled (50–54°F) in a small port glass or a glass of similar size (there are approximately eight two-ounce servings per 500ml bottle). Tokaji Aszú wines are wonderful on their own as an apéritif or as a digestif, with cigars and petit fours. These wines also pair well with a wide variety of foods, including foie gras, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts and blue and soft cheeses.



  • Szt. Tamás, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1996 – 90 points – Wine & Spirits

    “...this dark, ruddy Tokaji is monolithic, as rich, creamy and dense as a giant caramel. With time, notes of warm spice and cherries emerge. Drink it by the teaspoon, or tuck it away in the cellar for another 20 years.”

  • Szt. Tamás, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1996 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    “Less coffee here, with more caramel, tobacco and walnut notes. It tastes like higher alcohol too, lending weight and power, yet the sweetness and acidity are well-balanced. Fine, long, orange marmalade and mineral salt aftertaste.”