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Vega Sicilia - Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos (50ml) 2013

Dessert Wine from Tokaj · Hungary
£92.95 £85.00
Case Rate: £85.00
Ex Tax: £70.83
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Wine Region: Tokaj
Winery: Vega Sicilia
Wine Maker: Javier Ausas
Grape: Furmint
Grape Percentage: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Zéta, Sárgamuskotály
Unit Quantity (ml): 50
Limited Stock: (6 btls)
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Country:
Wine Region: Tokaj
Winery: Vega Sicilia
Wine Maker: Javier Ausas
Grape: Furmint
Grape Percentage: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Zéta, Sárgamuskotály
Unit Quantity (ml): 50

Description

The production of Aszú wine (literally, “teardrop” wine) is a meticulous process only possible in exceptional vintages and under unique conditions which enable the development of Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot. A five puttonyos wine is made by adding five 25-kilo panniers (puttonyos) containing noble Aszú berries to a gönc barrel (136 liters) of base must. For a six puttonyos wine, it’s six panniers to a barrel, increasing sweetness and
concentration even further. The Aszú berries are macerated for two days until swollen, followed by a gentle press. Fermentation takes place in new Hungarian oak barrels – a slow process which can last up to two months. The ageing process is completed in 136 and 200-litre barrels for two to three years, and in bottle for an additional year before release.

Wine tasting notes

The Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013 is a thrilling combination of richness and clarity. The base wine component contributes mouth-watering grapefruit and orange blossom flavours, which the botrytis element rounds out with decadent marmalade and fig.

Winery information

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia, Spain's "first growth"; and most prestigious wine estate, is located in Ribera del Duero, beside a highway east of Valladolid. The estate covers around 1000 hectares, of which 230 - 250 are under vines. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordeaux with cuttings of local grapes (Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) and planted them, together with Spain's signature grape Tinto Fino (clone of Tempranillo) in the arid Ribera soils.

The winery begun building its formidable reputation after 1903 under the ownership of Antonio Herrero, winning a number of awards, and enjoying an international distribution. The estate changed hands several more times before its acquisition by the current owners, the Alvarez family, in 1982.

Vega Sicilia has founded its success on its meticulous wine-producing practices: In the vineyard it applies low yields, aided by green harvesting, and a painstaking grape selection. In the winery, wines undertake a complicated series of rackings from huge barrels to new and old oak. Despite the very prolonged barrel ageing, e.g. the 1970 Unico has over 16 years, the wine flavours are never dried out or overly oaky when mature, which is compelling evidence of the superb quality of its raw materials.

The Vega Sicilia range includes 3 cuvees: Unico (";unique";) is the flagship, followed by Reserva Especial a blend of top vintages, both made up of Tinto Fino ( 80%), Cab. Sauv and little Merlot, and traditionally of 10 years ageing. Nowadays the wine maker, Javier Ausas ages the Unica wines for only 5-6 years, before bottling.

Valbuena is made from younger vines, and in years when Unico is not produced grapes normally destined for Unico will go into Valbuena. It is only released after 5 years' ageing. Spain's "Chateau Latour" has illustrious history, a sense of place, immense respect for tradition and immaculate winemaking. It has laid the foundation for what has become one of the best wine-making regions in Spain, Ribera del Duero.

Vinification notes

The winter of 2013 was mild with abundant precipitation, which provided an ideal water reserve to start the growing cycle. Rainfall continued in June, though July and August were dry and hot with some showers and hail. Autumn was mild with cold nights and sunny days that reinforced the typical acidity of the region. This was a classical vintage for excellent Aszú grapes. In fact, after 2008, vintage 2013 was the greatest vintage of the millennium so far for sweet wines. Extraordinary in quality and quantity.