The first tranche of what is set to be a two-tranche pre-order programme has been launched for Barta Öreg Király Dűlő Aszú 2016, a very special wine of which only 768 bottles were made.
Through this pre-order programme, we offer Tokaj lovers an exclusive opportunity to purchase a portion of this exceptional, limited-production 6 puttonyos Aszú Wine from our Öreg Király Vineyard.
Öreg Király Dűlő Tokaji Aszú ・Decanter World Wine Awards Platinum Winner 2020
Not for nothing is Aszú legendary. It is a natural sweet wine, made using a special process in one of the world’s top wine regions.
2 KG OF GRAPES IN EACH BOTTLE
Noble rot shrivels every 1000 kilograms of grapes to some 200 kilograms of botrytised berries that are then macerated (roughly at a 1.25 to 1 ratio for a 6 puttonyos Aszú) in 250 litres of fermenting grape juice that has been pressed from around 400 kilograms of healthy grapes. The process, in the end, gives a mere 300 litres of Aszú. This means that nearly 2 kilos of grapes go into each 375-millilitre bottle of Aszú wine!
The first written mention of Aszú wines dates from 1570. By the late 1500s, it was widely produced within the Tokaj region and became popular with European royalty throughout the 17th century, including French King Louis XIV, who is said to have first called Aszú ‘a wine of kings and the king of wines’.
It takes a great terroir to make such a wine and Barta’s historically first-class Öreg Király Vineyard has all the right characteristics, including a rich, mineral soil, as well as a perfect aspect and microclimate that allow natural botrytisation to occur.
The Gold Reserve of the Barta Cellar
In 2016, early botyrtisation allowed firm acidity to be retained in the berries. As acidity levels stayed high in both the base must and the botrytised grapes, it was possible to make a very complex, well-structured and balanced Aszú wine that has, at the same time, a high residual sugar level and long ageing potential. A mere 768 bottles were made.
According to Barta oenologist Vivien Ujvári, the Öreg Király Dűlő Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016 is all about it being timeless: an elegant wine that will be as amazing in decades to come as it is now. With an endlessly lingering finish, this Aszú offers an experience of extremes and pushes the limits of fine Tokaji.
First Tranche 1st February 2021 to 31st March 2021
Second Tranche 1st September 2021 to 31st October 2021
Pre-ordered wines will be delivered to buyers at pre-agreed times following 1st November 2021.
Price during the First Tranche: 35,000 HUF per bottle
Price during the Second Tranche: 40,000 HUF per bottle
Price after the pre-order period: 50,000 HUF per bottle
A pre-order becomes effective on receipt of your confirmatory email.