TOKAJ AT DWWA 2019: A RECORD 44 MEDALS

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Tokaj has set a new record by winning a total of 44 accolades, including 3 Platinums and 6 Golds, at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Holdvölgy did not only have the highest-scoring Tokaji in the competition, but even managed to repeat their feat of securing a dry wine a place in the Platinum/Gold tier with their 2017 Vision blend [of 65% Furmint, 25% Hárslevelű and 10% Kabar], beating all the single-variety Furmint entries in the process. The top performers in the competition were yet again the traditional botrytised sweet wines, including two 97-point Platinum medallists that came from Béres and new start-up Juliet Victor, as well as five more Gold medalists from Füleky, Grand Tokaj, Gróf Degenfeld and Kvaszinger respectively, the latter having entered an Aszú wine of 2016, the most recent available Aszú vintage and one definitely to look out for.

Out of the 18 producers that Tokaj's entries came from, Carpinus is one of the lesser-heard-of names, although their 2015 Furmint Grand Reserve had already won a Bronze at DWWA 2017. Carpinus was established by sister and brother Edit and István Bai in 2013, and takes its name from the Gyertyános (meaning Hornbeam Grove in EN) vineyard where most of their vines are grown, outside the village of Szegilong. Apart from running the family winery, they both have full-time jobs at Dereszla, where Edit is in charge of making the traditional botrytised wines, while István makes the dry still and sparkling wines. This year, both Carpinus entries scored above 90 and were awarded Silver medals.

Here is a summary of Tokaj's results:

Award Score Winery Wine
98 Holdvölgy Aszú 6 puttonyos 'Culture' 2012
97 Béres Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
97 Juliet Victor Szamorodni Sweet 2016
96 Grand Tokaj Eszencia 2013
95 Füleky Aszú 6 puttonyos 2007
95 Gróf Degenfeld Andante Furmint Botrytised 2016
95 Gróf Degenfeld Szamorodni Sweet 2016
95 Holdvölgy Vision 2017
95 Kvaszinger Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016
94 Carpinus Aszú 5 puttonyos 2013
94 Dereszla Aszú 5 puttonyos 2013
94 Dereszla Aszú 6 puttonyos 2009
94 Dobogó Aszú 6 puttonyos 2011
94 Füleky Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
94 Hétszőlő Hétszőlő Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
94 Mad Wine Late Harvest 'Gold' 2017
93 Disznókő Dorgó Aszú 5 puttonyos 2012
93 Pelle Late Harvest 'Zsófia' Cuvée 2017
91 Carpinus Furmint Grand Reserve 2017
91 Patricius Aszú 5 puttonyos 2013
91 Royal Tokaji Szent Tamás Late Harvest 'By Appoitnment Only 4' 2016 
90 Barta Öreg Király Dűlő Furmint 2017
90 Béres Aszú 5 puttonyos 2014
90 Disznókő Furmint-Hárslevelű 'Inspiration' 2017
90 Dobogó Furmint 2016
90 Grand Tokaj Szamorodni Sweet 2017
90 Mad Wine Late Harvest 'Sweet by Tokaj' 2016
89 Holdvölgy Szamorodni Sweet 'Intuition No.1' 2013
88 Béres Late Harvest 'Magita' 2016
88 Grand Tokaj Late Harvest 2016
88 Juliet Victor Betsek Furmint 2017
88 Royal Tokaji Furmint 2016
88 Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2017
87 Grand Tokaj Aszú 5 puttonyos 2014
87 Patricius Late Harvest 'Katinka' 2017
87 Royal Tokaji Furmint Special Reserve 2016
87 Royal Tokaji Furmint Vineyard Selection 2017
87 Sauska Furmint 2017
86 Gróf Degenfeld Terézia Hárslevelű 2017
85 Hétszőlő Nagyszőlő Furmint 2016
85 Holdvölgy Kabar 'Intuition No.4' 2017
85 Mad Wine Mad from Mád 2016
85 Pelle Furmint 2017
85 Royal Tokaji Furmint 2017
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