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Oremus, Petrács Single Vineyard, Furmint, Tokaj, Hungary, 2018 (dry)

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Overview of the Wine
Tokaj-Oremus is a historic wine producer, located in the Tokaj region of northeast Hungary. The estate makes a range of the region's famous botrytized Tokaji wines, with sweetness levels ranging from three to six puttonyos.

The history of Oremus dates back to the 1620s. Remarkably, the Oremus vineyard is credited with producing grapes for the first Tokaji Aszú ever made. Legend has it that in 1650, fearing an attack by the Turks, harvest was postponed for two months. Grapes were able to dehydrate on the vine and eventually produced an exceptional, intensely sweet wine.

In 1993, the Alvarez family, owners of Spain's iconic Vega Sicilia, purchased the estate and founded Tokaj-Oremus Viñedos y Bodegas. The winery, located in Tolcsva, has 13th Century underground cellars where naturally sweet Tokaji wines are stored and aged.   

Oremus has 33 hectares (81 acres) of vineyard land, planted primarily to Furmint with smaller amounts of Hárslevelü, Sárga Muskotály, Zéta, Kövérszolo, and Gohér. The vineyards have a continental climate and the nearby confluence of two rivers provides the ideal conditions at harvest that make it possible for grapes to be affected by botrytis. Oremus' late harvest wine is mostly made from overripe grapes whereas the Aszú wine is made from botrytized berries which are selected one by one in tries.

The winemaking process at Tokaj-Oremus is the same winemaking formula that has been used in the region for hundreds of years. The botrytized dessert wines, the Aszú and Eszencia, require a slow fermentation process and years of aging in small barrels in Oremus' ancient underground cellars before release. Tokaj-Oremus also produces a single dry wine from Furmint called Mandolás.

Grape / Blend
Furmint

Origin
Tokaj, Hungary

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Ethereal yet determined. Its opulence and structure promise long development. A "grand vin" that expresses the particularly captivating face of Furmint as it reflects the uniqueness of the terroir. From the Petrács vineyard where not only semi-precious gems adorn the ground everywhere, but quite exceptional wines are born under caring, competent hands.

Petrács is the name of our best vineyard in the village of Tolcsva. The name Petrács comes from the plot's former owner, Baron Ernest von Petrasch, Major General in the Imperial Army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to whom this magical enclave was bestowed in 1762.

94 Points - Ian Blackburn
 Rich depth in appearance for a white, Nose shows petrol, white flowers, citrus peel, baked green apples, lees, toasted nut bread, Mouth Dry to the bone with razor like acidity - Thoughts - "Wow - I like a lot - think Chardonnay with extra stoney character and a kiss of petrol." 14.5/22/24/33.5

Product size: 750ml

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