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:
*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.