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According to István Balassa, the 2017 vintage was nothing less than a brilliant aszú year. Everything formed ideally, allowing the wine which is made only in the best vintages to be bottled. Altogether 1,512 bottles were made of it, with an exceptional 247 grams of residual sugar and 8 grams of acidity. The spicy and fruity nose has brittle, walnut, citrus and stone fruit aromas. The palate is oily, dense and full, even for an aszú, and is full of peach, ripe citrus, tangerine and walnut aromas.
„Five hectares is the limit for me. That’s the upper ceiling of quantity and quality that one can control. For me, that point comes at five hectares. The character of a vineyard shows itself the most if we wander around it incessantly; if we live together with the parcel and nature. We experience, learn and improve year after year. Something that worked in 2010 had to be redefined in 2011. In such a dominant and warm year, the differences between the vineyards appear more slowly. I work exclusively with second-fill barrels; the first fill never makes it into the bottle. It would suppress the character of the vineyards.”