Royal Tokaji Aszú wines announce themselves immediately. Even before the bottle is opened the rich golden colour suggests a wine unlike any other. In the glass the wine’s texture and extraordinary aromas enhance the impression. The first sip is enough to demonstrate that these are singular wines.
No other wine has this combination of unctuous richness and refreshing acidity. The secret of these extraordinary wines lies in the unique wine making process, first mentioned in 1571, which honours the gifts of nature by capturing their very essence.
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Controlled by legislation and indicating level of sweetness of wine on release. Scale ranges from 3 to 6 Puttonyos.
Royal Tokaji only produces 5 and 6 Puttonyos wines.
Traditionally indicated the number of Puttonyos (20kg) of Aszú berries added to each Gonci (140kg) cask of base wine. For example a 5 Puttonyos wine would require 100kgs of Aszú berries to every 140kgs of base wine.
The same production method, adding Aszú berries to base wine remains but the the final classification of each wine is now based on independent technical analysis of sugar levels (as below).
3 Puttonyos : 60 - 90 grams sugar per litre
4 Puttonyos : 90 - 120
5 Puttonyos : 120 - 150
6 Puttonyos : 150 - 180
Aszu Essencia : 180 - 450
Essencia : 450 - 850