Tokaj Nobilis

„In 1999, while I worked as a winemaker at Degenfeld, I thought that I wanted to try myself out at home as well. Me and my husband, Péter, started at my grandpa’s family vineyards and by today we cultivate six hectares. The showing of our vineyards is at the centre of winemaking. Where there appears to be a difference in the soil, we divide our vineyards into sub-vineyards, like with Susogó in Csirke-mál. The French vineyard philosophy is the closest to the Tokaj one; maybe that’s also a reason why our wines are aged in Burgundy barrels. 2011 was a hot year: from a viticultural perspective it was easy, but from a winemaker’s standpoint it was a great challenge.”

 

Vineyards:
Barakonyi on the edge of Bodrogkisfalud, rhyolite tuff and alluvial deposits, the soil is poor in humus, eroded
Csirke-mál at the edge of Bodrogkisfalud, on top 40 cm of very tightly knit “nyirok” clay soil, underneath rhyolite and rhyolite tuff, on the highest “Susogó” part of the vineyard, andesite

 

Winemaker: Sarolta Bárdos (38)
Founding of the cellar: 2000
Area: 6 ha in two vineyards
Annual production: from 3,000 to 20,000 bottles depending on the vintage

 

Winemaking and typical wine style: knowing and safe. Bunch selection, sorted but not crushed grapes, carefully pressed. Free-run and pressed juice processed together. Spontaneous fermentation following a day or two of settling. At least 7 months ageing in tank and oak barrels. Contemporary, youthful, extremely complex estate and single-vineyard wines.