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In addition to being proprietors of Domaine Huet in Vouvray, the Hwang family owns one of the most historic estates in Hungary – Királyudvar (The Kings Court). Known for their glorious sweet wines, Királyudvar has been a pioneer in producing amazing dry and sparkling wines from the Furmint grape.
The Királyudvar Winery owns some of the most interesting vineyard properties in the Tokaj region of northeast Hungary. In 1997, Királyudvar purchased its original parcels totaling 10 hectares around the villages of Mád and Bodrogkeresztúr. Over the past decade, the company has continued to acquire and nurture additional vineyard properties throughout southern Tokaj.
Today, Királyudvar practices organic viticulture, cultivating 75 hectares of fields divided among six primary vineyards: Lapis, Henye, Percze, Becsek, Danczka and Nyulászó. From the unforgettable high terraces in Lapis to the grand-cru fields of Henye, these estate-owned properties are the source of the unique character and expression found in their handcrafted wines.
About Tokaj, the Wine Region
The historic wine-producing region of Tokaj lies 220 km northeast of Budapest, Hungary along the Bodrog and Tisza Rivers. Located at the geographical center of Europe, this UNESCO World Heritage site covers over 5,000 hectares around twenty-six villages that include Mád, Bodrogkeresztúr and Tállya.
A hidden gem tucked into the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Tokaj has proven its viticultural worth for centuries. A unique climate of early autumn rains and long Indian summers provides an extended ripening period creating a paradise for winemaking. Volcanic activity from the past has helped shape special terroirs on the hills throughout the region. Natural cellars carved deep into the ancient rock provide the ideal environment for the aging of Tokaji wines.
The three primary grape varietals of the region are Furmint, Hárslevelu; and Sárgamuskotály (Yellow Muscat). With widespread proliferation of botrytis cinerea, the region is the home to the famous Tokaj Aszú, the world's oldest botrytis dessert wine.
Varietal Notes: 85% Furmint, 15% Hárslevelu
Vineyard: Sourced from estate vineyards located in Tokaji’s heartland in the towns of Mád and Bodrogkeresztur. All are historically important grand cru sites including Henye, Percze, Becsek, and the great Lapis.
Soil: Clay and rock of volcanic origin (various Rhyolite Tuffs).
Viticulture: Farmed biodynamically, hand harvested.
Vinification: Fruit is gently pressed. Wild yeasts spurs natural fermentation in 500 liter Hungarian oak barrels
Production: 2,000 cases
Alcohol Content: 11.5%
Residual Sugar: 60 g/l
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/l
A classic late-harvest Furmint produced from shriveled berries untouched by botrytis from high atop our Lapis vineyard. A striking Tokaji bouquet of pink grapefruit and white flowers gives this wine a sense of place, which is further accented on the palate. Fresh and viscous, this wine exudes stone fruit wrapped around a tight mineral core. This is a smooth polished wine with a long and lingering finish.
FOOD PAIRING: For a dynamic food and wine combination, pair this wine with butterfish or terrine.
BIODYNAMIC. ORGANIC. LOW-SULFITE. NATURAL. THOUGHTFUL.
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