Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos Betsek
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The first Tokaji Aszu wine was created in the 1600s and Tokaji became the first European region to have its vineyards classified, 1st Growth, 2nd Growth, 3rd Growth, a system still used in Hungary today. World Wars and Communism halted quality winemaking. In 1989, inspired by wine author, Hugh Johnson, RTWC’s founders started the winery in an effort to preserve what they considered a dying art. Red Label is a blend of selected grapes from several of Royal Tokaji’s first and second growth vineyards with only eight vintages produced since its premier release in 1990.
50% Furmint with 45% Harslevelu and 5% Muscat, it was born to make quite "earthy austere wines which can appear closed in their youth, but with age all this loosens up and the wines come into their own.
The skill and traditions of producing Aszu wines have changed little since the 17th Century. Hand picked Aszu berries are macerated with top quality base wines. The resultant Aszu wines mature at different sweetness levels, generally 4,5 or 6 puttonyos. Careful pruning in the 1st and 2nd Growth vineyards amongst their 80 hectares, hand picking and maturation for a minimum of 3 years in Gönci casks in 13th century cellars, ensure these rich, refreshing wines are produced to the highest quality.