Tokaj, Hungary (Toke-Eye)
Rhyolite with strong brown clay soil and tufa
5-6 hours maceration, fermented on the less for 6 months in 220L Szerednyei Oak Barrel (Hungarian)
Notes & Pairings
Rising on the north-eastern border of Bodrogkisfalud, the volcano dominating the landscape near the Bodrog River is Várhegy (Castle Hill). It’s impossible to miss on your left as you drive north towards Olaszliszka. Layers of rhyolite dominate along with a rich top soil of volcanic stones and clay. Tokaj Nobilis has her Barakony vineyard near the very top of the hill, and down towards the foot of the volcano is the .5 hectares where Bodrog recently replanted Furmint in 2013. The 2017 Várhegy is the lightest in weight, lowest in alcohol, highest in acidity, and the most aromatic single vineyard from the vintage. Only 5-6 hours maceration, barrel fermented and on the less for 6 months. This has ionically charged acidity.