TOKAJ AT DWWA 2016: 2 PLATINUMS AND 7 GOLDS

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Tokaji wines have taken home 22 medals, including seven Golds and two Platinums (formerly Regional Trophy), at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). While sweet wines dominated the scene with 14 wins, including 9 Aszús, two dry Furmint varietals also made it to the top tier, scooping a Gold and a Platinum. The 22 winning entries came from 13 producers.

Bodrogkeresztúr-based Dereszla excelled, winning not only a Platinum for their 2008 Aszúeszencia but another two Golds, for their 2007 and 2009 5 puttonyos Aszús, both of which scored 97 points, the highest for Tokaj in the competition. Szent Tamás repeated last year's feat by winning a Platinum for a Tokaji dry wine, this time for their single-vineyard Furmint from Szent Tamás, the Mád site the winery takes its name from. Their 2013 Dongó Furmint, 2015's Regional Trophy winning dry wine, scored the same 95 points and was good for a Gold again. Béres's 2008 6p Aszú, a Regional Trophy winner of 2014, scored 96 for another Gold. Dobogó, Grand Tokaj and Holdvölgy also entered Gold-worthy Aszús.

Decanter World Wine Awards was founded in 2004 and has since gained a reputation as one of the the world's largest and most influential wine competitions. The award system has been revised for 2016: Regional Trophy is now called Platinum and International Trophy Platinum-Best in Show, with the points any winning wine has scored also being shown on medal stickers.

Here is a summary of Tokaj's results:

Award Winery Wine
DWWA 2016 PLATINUM 96 POINTS Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszúeszencia* 2008
DWWA 2016 PLATINUM 95 POINTS Szent Tamás Szent Tamás Furmint 2012
DWWA 2016 GOLD 97 POINTS Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos 2009
DWWA 2016 GOLD 97 POINTS Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos 2007
DWWA 2016 GOLD 96 POINTS Béres Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos 2008
DWWA 2016 GOLD 95 POINTS Dobogó Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos 2003
DWWA 2016 GOLD 95 POINTS Grand Tokaj** Tokaji Aszú 2013
DWWA 2016 GOLD 95 POINTS Holdvölgy Tokaji Aszú 'Signature' 2011
DWWA 2016 GOLD 95 POINTS Szent Tamás Dongó Furmint 2013
DWWA 2016 SILVER 93 POINTS Hétszőlő Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos 2010
DWWA 2016 SILVER 92 POINTS Holdvölgy Tokaji Aszú 'Culture' 2008
DWWA 2016 SILVER 92 POINTS Sauska Birsalmás Furmint 2012
DWWA 2016 SILVER 90 POINTS Barta Öreg Király Szamorodni 2013
DWWA 2016 SILVER 90 POINTS Grand Tokaj** Kővágó Furmint 2014
DWWA 2016 SILVER 90 POINTS Patricius 'Katinka' Late Harvest 2013
DWWA 2016 BRONZE 88 POINTS Béres 'Magita' Late Harvest 2013
DWWA 2016 BRONZE 88 POINTS Royal Tokaji 100% Furmint 2013
DWWA 2016 BRONZE 88 POINTS Royal Tokaji Cuvée Late Harvest 2014
DWWA 2016 BRONZE 86 POINTS Disznókő Furmint 2015
DWWA 2016 BRONZE 86 POINTS Szent Tamás / Mad Wine*** Mád Furmint 2015
DWWA 2016 COMMENDED Füleky 'Pallas' Late Harvest 2013
DWWA 2016 COMMENDED Royal Tokaji The Oddity 2014

*The Aszúeszencia category is a non-traditonal category that covers Aszú wines between 6p Aszú and Eszencia, that is, those ranging from 180 g/L to 450 g/L in residual sugar. This category was abolished in 2013. When relaeased after 2013, such wines are now simply called either 6 puttonyos Aszú or Aszú.
** Grand Tokaj is the new name of the state-run wine company, earlier known as Tokaj Crown Estates.
*** Mad Wine is actually Szent Tamás Winery's brand for the Mád-labelled wines.

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