TOKAJ AT IWC 2017

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The International Wine Challenge Medals and Trophies were announced on 17th and 22nd May, respectively. Tokaj awardees numbered a total of 25, a slight increase on last year's 22. It is no longer a surprise that the majority of them (13) were dry wines, although all the Golds were still won by traditonal botrytised sweet styles. Tokaj's Trophy went to a 2013 Aszú wine of Grand Tokaj, the region's only government-run winery, formerly known as Tokaj Crown Estates.

Lesser-known names on the list are Château ImperialCopestick Murray Wine SolutionsSanzon and Zombory. Château Imperial does not sound very familiar, but it is actually the second brand of French-owned Tokaj-Hétszőlő. Zombory is a tiny winery that was established by two Argentinian Hungarians in Rátka in 2003 and their their wines are made by one of Tokaj great doyens János Árvay They won a Bronze at IWC 2016. Copestick Murray Wine Solutions is not a wine producer, but a UK-based company that manages a portfolio of branded wines and other beverages. Their only Hungarian partner is Törley, Hungary's largest sparkling wine company. Copestick Murray's silver medallist Aszú is likely to have been made by and purchased from Patricius. Sanzon Tokaj is an up-and-coming boutique winery, founded in Erdőbénye in 2014. Their winemaking consultant is Ábrahám Cellar's Róbert Péter.

Here is a summary of Tokaj's results:

Award Winery Wine
Grand Tokaj* Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
Grand Tokaj* Aszú 2013
Oremus Aszú 5 puttonyos Berry Bros & Rudd 2011
Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos Blue Label 2013
Zombory Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
Barta Furmint 2015
Chateau Imperial Aszú 3 puttonyos 2008
Copestick Murray Wine Solutions St Stephan's Crown Tokaji Aszu 5* 2013
Grand Tokaj* No 8 2015
Grand Tokaj* Kővágó Furmint 2015
Patricius Late Harvest Katinka 2015
Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály Dry Furmint 2015
Royal Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos Gold Label 2013
Royal Tokaji Vineyard Selection Furmint 2015
Sanzon Tokaj Rány Furmint 2015
Sauska Tokaj Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
Tokaj-Hétszőlő Furmint 2015
Grand Tokaj* Aszú 6 puttonyos Szarvas 2013
Patricius Furmint Dry 2015
Royal Tokaji The Oddity 2015
Tokaj-Hétszőlő Late Harvest 2015
Grand Tokaj* No 8 2016
Grand Tokaj* Furmint 2016
Patricius Furmint Selection 2015
Patricius Green Furmint 2015

*Formerly known as Tokaj Crown Estates

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