Sweet Szamorodni

Tinon Sweet Szamorodni 2007 (500ml)

Tinon, Tokaj (Hungary)
Dessert
Furmint, Hárslevelű
500ml
$49.95
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Our Notes: Originally called Ordinárium (ordinary wine) in the 1600’s, Főbor (prime wine) after that, and later, due to the immense popularity in the Polish market, Szamorodni (as comes off the vine) became the official name (itself a Polish word) in the early 1800’s. In short, this refers to healthy, shriveled and botrytized grapes all being harvested and fermented together. After some short skin contact the grapes are pressed into barrel for a minimum of two years. The resulting wine is less oxidative than a traditional Aszú and much less than a dry Szamorodni, and yet extremely concentrated given its naturally high dry extract.

Where as the Aszú wines take the hand selected single botrytized grapes and macerate them as a paste in fermenting or dry wine, Szamorodni (as it comes) is made by harvesting whole bunches of everything at once – the ripe, botrytized and shriveled. Think of sweet Szamorodni like a light Aszú in terms of winemaking, but not at all watered down. After a brief time on the skins the grapes are pressed into barrel for a minimum of two years. Residual sugar wise, this is akin to making a theoretical 2 Puttonyos with a rich nuttiness and almost Recioto like aromatics. Samuel recommends pairing it with melon and prosciutto, smoked salmon, dried fruit, nuts, blue cheese and anything heavy with ginger. This is a perfect introduction into the world of sweet Tokaj.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine: “This Szamorodni, meaning "late harvest", is amber in color witn aromas of caramel and dried raisins. In the mouth, there are rich flvaors of dried fruits, stewed plums and wine-soaked raisins that combine on your tongue before a juicy yet persistent finish.”

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