TOKAJ BREAKS MEDAL COUNT RECORD AT DWWA 2017

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Tokaji wines have won a record-breaking 40 medals, including 8 Golds and 3 Platinums, at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). This time, only one dry Furmint varietal made it to the Platinum/Gold tier, dominated by the traditional botrytised sweet wines, (i.e Aszú and Szamorodni). Pajzos stole the show with two Platinum-winning sweet wines, including a 5 puttonyos Aszú of 2011 that scored 96 points. The highest scoring Tokaji was actually Royal Tokaji's Gold Label Aszú of 2013, with an impressive 98 points, but was apparently beaten by Pajzos's Aszú in the retasting for the Platinum medal. Just like last year, Szent Tamás secured a podium place for a dry Tokaji again, this time with their 2013 dry Furmint from the eponymous Szent Tamás vineyard.

The 40 winning entries came from 17 producers, which were all household names, except for Sanzon, an Erdőbénye-based start-up whose dry Furmint 2015, called Classic, was found worthy of a Silver with 87 points. They won a Silver at this year's International Wine Challenge, as well.

It was interesting to see that the sweet entries were predominantly of the brilliant 2013 vintage (14 out of the 19), while the dry/off-dry range was mostly of 2015 (16 wines out of 21), the latter being regarded as a good 'dry wine vintage' in Tokaj.

Here is a summary of Tokaj's results:

Award Score Winery Wine
96 Pajzos Aszú 5 puttonyos 2011
95 Pajzos Hárslevelű Late Harvest 2013
95 Szent Tamás Szent Tamás Furmint 2013
98 Royal Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos Gold Label 2013
96 Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos Blue Label 2013
96 Szent Tamás Szamorodni 2013
95 Dereszla Aszú 6 puttonyos 2008
95 Dereszla Aszú 5 puttonyos 2010
95 Grand Tokaj* Szarvas Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
95 Holdvölgy Aszú 6 puttonyos Culture 2013
95 Tokaj-Hétszőlő Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
94 Béres Aszú 5 puttonyos 2011
94 Dereszla Dry 2015
94 Grand Tokaj* Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
93 Barta Öreg Király Dűlő Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
93 Bodrog Borműhely Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
93 Szent Tamás Percze Furmint 2015
92 Gróf Degenfeld Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013
91 Oremus Aszú 5 puttonyos Berry Bros. & Rudd 2011
91 Patricius Late Harvest Katinka 2015
91 Royal Tokaji Vineyard Selection Furmint 2015
90 Grand Tokaj* Furmint 2016
90 Tokaj-Hétszőlő Nagyszőlő Furmint 2015
90 Patricius Furmint Selection 2015
90 Sauska Tokaj Birsalmás Furmint 2015
89 Grand Tokaj* No 8 2016
89 Royal Tokaji The Oddity 2015
88 Béres Naparany 2015
88 Patricius Furmint 2015
88 Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály Furmint 2015
87 Dobogó Aszú 5 puttonyos 2013
87 Dobogó Furmint 2015
87 Gróf Degenfeld Szamorodni 2013
87 Sanzon Tokaj Classic 2015
87 Szent Tamás Kővágó Furmint 2014
86 Carpinus Grand Reserve Furmint 2015
86 Patricius Furmint Green 2015
85 Gróf Degenfeld Hárslevelű 2015
85 Tokaj-Hétszőlő Furmint Bio 2016
84 Dereszla Kabar 2015

* Grand Tokaj is the new name of the state-run wine company, earlier known as Tokaj Crown Estates.

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