Intensity plus! Dried apricot, passionfruit and candied citrus. There are also hints of sweet spice, honey and vanilla pod. A lot is going on in this wine. The palate is rich and luscious, with a fair amount of sweetness. But the acid keeps it clean and fresh—such a highlight of this style of wine.
These wines will age for the very long haul, drying out and becoming more savoury.
The most notable variety used to make Hungary’s Tokaji wines. It is in Slovenia, Slovakia and Austria. Generally made into a complex and extremely sweet white/gold wine. But on occasion, you can find it as a dry table wine. High acid and phenolics really shape this wine.
Located in northeastern Hungary and southeastern Slovakia. It is also one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary. The region consists of 28 named villages and 11,149 hectares of classified vineyards. The Tokaj terroir consists of clay or loess soil on volcanic subsoil. The microclimate is sunny, south-facing slopes and the proximity of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers, and is conducive to the proliferation of Botrytis (noble rot) and the subsequent desiccation of the grapes.
Literally meaning dried. It refers to the wine made from grapes that are so heavily botrytis affected they are completely dehydrated. The berries are then crushed into a paste with must (unfermented wine) added and fermented slowly over many years.
Historically this was a measure of Aszu pulp. A puttony was a standard-sized basket of 27 litres added to a 136-litre barrel. In modern terms, it is a measure of sugar concentration of the final wine.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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