Another lot of ours offered for sale at the 2017 Tokaj Wine Auction (the other one being a Szamorodni 2015): a dry Furmint, vinified from the grapes of the bush vines on the high terraces of our Öreg Király vineyard. Made in steel.
A quick relocation of a partition almost doubled the floor area of our temperature-controlled fermentation room in mid-January. Aging here are some of the 2016 lots that we tasted in-house on 11th to decide on blending and further treatment. Suffice it to say for now that they were very promising…
Awaiting bottling in this steel tank on 15th December 2016 is something special from the 2015 vintage: a dry Furmint aged in a Hungarian oak barrel, made of steam-bent staves, that is to say, with no toast at all. It’ll be called Tenth Harvest.
When buying the Örge Király vineyard site from then owner Tamás Bíró in 2003, Károly Barta made a promise that Tamás would be invited to taste the first Aszú wine from this amazing site 10 years later. While Barta had Aszú wines by 2013, the visit could eventually take place this month, on 15th December 2016. Mostly wines of the 2013 vintage were in the glasses, including an Aszú 2013.
Fourteen wines in the Christmas wine collection box of the Mádi Kör winemakers’ association, including our Szamorodni 2013, are set to be shipped to the association’s supporting members during December. Should you not receive such a box this year, make sure you apply for supporting membership of the Mádi Kör asap to go on the mailing list for Christmas 2017:)
Renowned Canadian chef Chris MacDonald against the distant backdrop of the Öreg Király Vineyard on 24th November 2016 – we didn’t expect such good visibility when we set off in the midst of the thick fog that enveloped the lower lying parts of the region…
It’ll be the best one out of five barrels of Szamorodni 2015, aging in our centuries-old cellar.