2016 Serpens Tokaj Dry Furmint Cuvee White

Year: 2016
Appellation: Tokaj
Country: Hungary
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 11.7%
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Winery Notes:
Vintner Sándor Zsurki’s family have been in the wine business for three generations. Their oldest vineyards date back over 80 years. In fact, some of their plots were previously owned by members of the Austro-Hungarian royal family-most notably by Princess Stéphanie of Belgium. She was famous for the bird of paradise she kept as a pet and this is the very same bird motif represented on the label. Founded in 2015, Serpens Wines was named after the river Bodrog’s winding path along Tokaj’s foothills, home to the Zsurki family’s vineyards. They are proud to bring three generations’ worth of winemaking wisdom to the outstanding wines they produce today.

The Vineyard:
Grapes were harvested from two vineyards. “Somos” in the town of Bodrogolaszi is about four acres of brown forest dirt and loam topsoil over andesite bedrock, planted with 50-year old Harslevelu vines. “Kiralyhegy” is half an acre of Yellow Muscat vines, 7 to 20 years in age, and four acres of Furmint vines, over 40 years in age, near the town of Sarospatak. Topsoil here is of clay with andesite bedrock.

Vintage and Harvest:
2016 was an atypical vintage in terms of rainfall and weather. July was unusually wet followed by markedly chilly nights in August. As a result, harvest was delayed resulting in intensely acidic and energetic wines. Serpens is a triple blend of Furmint (65%), Harslevelu (25%) and Yellow Muscat (10%). Furmint and Yellow Muscat grapes were harvested at “Kiralyhegy” vineyard and Harslevelu grapes were harvested at “Somos” vineyard. Harvest began with Yellow Muscat at the end of September, continued with Harsevelu ten days later, and wrapped up with Furmint in mid-October.

Only the ripest, healthiest berries were selected by hand. Yellow Muscat grapes were left on skin prior to gentle pressing. Furmint and Harslevelu berries were whole-bunch pressed.

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