Bin #004: Furmint 2011
Release date: February 2020
Region: Tokaj, Hungary
Story: Last year we were told by a Hungarian importer with whom we have a fantastic relationship about a parcel of aged white wine, sitting unlabelled in the depths of a cellar in the historic Tokaj region. This furmint was, they said, superb and perfectly mature, but it had no home to go to and as a result was being offered at a special price.
It all sounded a little too good to be true… but when we tasted it, it was clear that this was one of our best wine surprises of the year, and that we had to secure what little there was for members to enjoy.
Furmint is a grape that many wine lovers will know from its role in the great sweet wines of Tokaji. Dry furmint, however, has been making more of an impression in recent years. What makes these wines special is their ability to age beautifully, but finding a good example at a modest price can be tricky. All the more reason to add this exciting one-off to our Bin Series label, and to our award-winning Eastern European range.
After nine years of ageing, this is a complex, electric white wine, offered at a superb price for its quality. With a character which hints at the zippy freshness and intriguing kerosene aroma of good bone-dry riesling and the beeswax-like flavour of aged Hunter Valley semillon, complemented by nuts, lime and honey, it offers great depth of flavour and a remarkable backbone of crisp acidity. The perfect match for seafood or creamy dishes and very possibly the best-value aged white wine on the market.
We hope you’ll try it for yourself, but hurry: this is a very small parcel and is limited to six bottles per member.
Grape: Furmint 100%
Ageing vessel: Stainless-steel tank
Residual Sugar: 1.6g/l
Vineyard altitude: 150 metres
Soil type: Volcanic quartz
Buyer: Freddy Bulmer