ORIGIN: Hungary (Tokaj)
TYPE/VARIETAL: Furmint, Harslevelu, Zeta (Aszu grapes)
PRODUCT: Disznoko 5 Puttonyos
Disznókő spreads over 250 acres at the south-west entrance of the Tokaj region. Tokaj is thought to be the first vineyard region in the world to have adopted a classification system and, incredibly, the entire Disznókő estate was classified as a first growth property in 1772 at the time of the initial classification by royal decree. The estate's vineyards today are still wholly classified as first growth.
In 1992, shortly after the fall of communism in Hungary, the estate was acquired by new owners and a long series of improvements initiated: the vineyards were rehabilitated and replanted, old buildings were refurbished, and new winemaking facilities were constructed. The new winery pays homage to the nearby old winery, and inside the new winery it quickly becomes apparent how Disznókő has, above any other estate in the region, restored Tokaji's reputation to the days it was considered "the wine of kings and king of wines" (Louis XIV).
Disznoko 5 Puttonyos is made from 60% Furmint, 30% Harslevelu and 10% Zeta, the aszú grapes (shrivelled grapes affected by noble rot and shrivelled on the vine) are collected manually one by one over the course of several vineyard passes in a total of 5 wooden hods of 55 pounds and poured into a vat of 136 liters of must wine, according to the method established in the 17th century. After a maceration of several hours, the "Aszú dough" obtained is filtered. The collected liquid is then racked into barrels where it ferments slowly before being aged 2 years in oak barrels.
Disznoko Dry Furmint
Disznoko Late Harvest
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