TOKAJ WINS MORE PLATINUMS THAN EVER AT DWWA 2020

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Tokaji wines have won a record six Platinum medals at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). While most of these went to Aszú wines of Barta, Dobogó, Harsányi, Kern and Sauska, each scoring 97 points, the Best-in-Show Award, along with a Platinum, was brought home by Juliet Victor's Sweet Szamorodni of 2017, the same winery that also had the highest-scoring dry Tokaji, the Bomboly single-vineyard Furmint 2017 – and not only in this competition, but in the history of DWWA. The only other Gold-medalist dry wine was Harsányi's Kútpatka single-vineyard Furmint 2017. Overall, it has been an extremely successful DWWA for Tokaj, with a record number of 45 winning Tokaji entries, out of which 33 scored 90 points or above. It is a point of interest that half of the Aszús awarded were of the 2016 vintage, a rather difficult year in Tokaj that, however, produced limited quantities of exceptional sweet wines. Also, two winning Aszús proved that Tokaj could produce world-class sweet wines even in such miserable years as 2014.

Out of the 19 producers that the Tokaji entries came from, Best of Hungary Kern, Préselő and Simkó are the lesser-heard-of names. Best of Hungary is actually not a winery, but a UK-based a distributor of traditional Hungarian food and wine products, whose winning wine was their first own-branded Aszú, made for them by a Tokaj-based winemaker. Pál Kern started his Tarcal-based Tokaji production, based on a mere 5 hectares, in 2014, having run a winery in Hungary's Lake Balaton area since 2012. Founded in 2013, Préselő is Zsolt Nagy's 8-hectare winery in Erdőbénye, their award-winning wine being their very first entry ever into DWWA. Unlike Kern or Préselő, Simkó is a long-established winemaking family in Sárospatak that sometimes still release wines under the brand name Evinor, and now seems to be emerging to the Tokaj mainstream. They too were a first-timer at DWWA. 

Here is a summary of Tokaj's results:

Award Score Winery Wine
97 Juliet Victor Szamorodni 2017
97 Barta Öreg Király Dűlő Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016
97 Dobogó Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
97 Harsányi Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016
97 Kern Aszú 5 puttonyos 2014
97 Sauska Aszú 5 puttonyos 2017
96 Carpinus Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016
96 Dereszla Aszú 5 puttonyos 2016
96 Dereszla Aszú 5 puttonyos 2010
96 Grand Tokaj Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
96 Holdvölgy Aszú 6 puttonyos 'Culture' 2016
96 Juliet Victor Bomboly Furmint 2017
95 Disznókő Szamorodni '1413' 2017
95 Gróf Degenfeld Aszú 5 puttonyos 2016
95 Harsányi Kútpatka Furmint 2017
94 Patricius Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016
94 Royal Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos 2016
93 Best of Hungary Aszú 6 puttonyos 2015
93 Hétszőlő Aszú 5 puttonyos 2010
93 Mad Wine Mád Furmint 2015
93 Royal Tokaji Furmint 2018
92 Disznókő Aszú 5 puttonyos 2013
92 Hétszőlő Nagyszőlő Aszú 6 puttonyos 2010
92 Holdvölgy Szamorodni 'Eloquence' 2010
92 Holdvölgy Vision 2014
92 Juliet Victor Estate Furmint 2017
92 Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos 2016
91 Patricius Furmint 'Selection' 2018
91 Sauska Furmint 2019
91 Sauska Birsalmás Furmint 2017
90 Dobogó Úrágya Furmint 2018
90 Holdvölgy Vision 2013
90 Mad Wine Mád Late Harvest 2017
89 Carpinus Furmint Grand Reserve 2018
89 Grand Tokaj Late Harvest 2018
89 Gróf Degenfeld Szamorodni Selection 2017
89 Préselő Furmint 'Apukám Bora' 2018
89 Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2018
89 Simkó Aszú 3 puttonyos 2014
88 Disznókő Furmint 2019
88 Hétszőlő Hétszőlő Hárslevelű 2017
87 Kern Muscat Lunel Brut 2015
87 Mad Wine Mád Hárslevelű 2018
87 Patricius Late Harvest 'Katinka' 2018
83 Holdvölgy Vision 2018


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