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Chateau Megyer Tokaji Dry Szamorodni
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Chateau Megyer Tokaji Dry Szamorodni 2011

Tokaj-Hegyalja, HungaryThe Megyer estate was classified as “First Growth” in 1772 by Royal decree. Here igneous and sedimentary soils and exposed southwest facing slopes house this furmint/harslevelu Szamorodni, a traditional style for Tokaj. The word Szamorodni is Polish for "as comes off the vine", and refers to healthy, shriveled and botrytized grapes all being harvested and fermented together, at the end of harvest. Depending on the sugar level, it is made into either Száraz (Dry) or Édes (Sweet) Szamorodni. This dry one feels its botrytis earthiness, but predominantly apparent is the biological aging affect from the flor veil and five years in 220L barrels, just like non-oxidative wines from Jerez and Jura (this wine tilts towards the latter's vin jaune). An amazing freshness throughout, with a swing of alluring rancio botrytis. White honey, honeycomb, brown butter, salted pine nuts, dried quince, white pepper and ample salty minerality throughout this intriguing wine, one that changes with every sip, and every day open. Exceptional.Tasted: 12 March 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 29.99 500 private wine shops Producer: Chateau MegyerDistributors: That's Life Gourmet
Blend: Furmint - HarsleveluCSPC: 20569UPC: 00626990290728