TOKAJ AT VINAGORA 2020: SWEET 2017 DOMINATES THE SCENE

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Twenty out of the twenty-eight awards Tokaji wines won at this year's VinAgora Wine Competition were sweet ones, with ten of them coming from the amazing 2017 vintage. 2017 was one of the perfect years of the past decade that gave dry wines with great ageing potential and rich sweet wines in relatively large quantities. One of Tokaj's two Grand Golds was also awarded to a 2017 sweet wine, namely, Royal Tokaji's Édes Szamorodni 2017.

What is more of a surprise is the fact that Tokaj's other Grand Gold went to an Aszú of 2014, an extremely difficult vintage that, however, did produce a tiny amount of well-structured Aszús. The producer of this one was the Simkó family's Sárospatak-based Evinor Winery, whose Essencia 2013 was the only Tokaji in the competition that won a Champion Award. Evinor was also granted the competition's Most Successful Family Winery Award. Tokaj's Gold-medalists included another two 2014 Aszú wines, which suggests that growers are about to start releasing 2014 Aszús as 2013 starts going out of stock.

VinAgora is Hungary’s leading VINOFED-endorsed wine competition that attracted a record number of 775 entries from 16 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain this year. One of the key criteria of the VinAgora Awards is that a maximum of one-third of all entries may be awarded.

Here is a summary of Tokaj's results:

Evinor/Simkó Essencia 2013
Evinor/Simkó Aszú 4 puttonyos 2014
Royal Tokaji Édes Szamorodni 2017
Balassa Bor Édes Szamorodni 2017
Barta Édes Szamorodni Öreg Király-dűlő 2015
Dobogó Furmint 2017
Evinor/Simkó Aszú 5 puttonyos 2016
Grand Tokaj Aszú 5 puttonyos 2014
Grand Tokaj Édes Szamorodni 2017
Gróf Degenfeld Zomborka Furmint 2017
Holdvölgy Édes Szamorodni 'Eloquence' 2010
Monte Tokaj Aszú 6 puttonyos 2002
Obzidián Tokaji Cuvée 2017
Pannon Tokaj Aszú 5 puttonyos 2014
Pannon Tokaj Tokaji Dominium Cuvée 'Hanna' 2017
Pannon Tokaj Tokaji Dominium Furmint 'zsomBor' 2017
Pannon Tokaj Édes Szamorodni 2017
Patricius Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016
Patricius Késői Szüret 'Katinka' 2017
Pelle Zsófia' Cuvée 2018
Royal Tokaji Furmint Dűlőválogatás 2017
Tokaj Portius Édes Szamorodni Kincsem 2017
Tokaji Wine Trust Édes Szamorodni 2017
Weinberg Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
Grand Tokaj Hárslevelű 'Amethyst' 2019
Naár Sárgamuskotály 2019
Serpens Király-hegy Furmint 2018
Tokaj Excellence Furmint 2017

 

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