Zoltan Demeter Dry Tokaj Furmint
Zoltan Demeter is a legend in the making, if he has not already earned that status, determined to prove that Tokaj is one of the world’s great wine districts, albeit one that lost its way somewhat during the communist era in the 20th century. Istvan Stepsy led the way out of the darkness some 25 years ago, but it is Zoltan who seems destined to be the star of his own generation in his quest to send any pseudo-traditions into oblivion and rediscover the true tradition that first established the reputation of the region. He will always, I suspect, and indeed hope, remain a very small grower, but his effort and energy will prove to have been a vital force in the renaissance of Tokaj. He farms some seven hectares out of the 4500 that make up the Tokaj wine field today, but his vineyards are very far from contiguous. His policy has been to buy vines that are over 40 years old in sites that have, or used to have, a good track record. This rediscovery and regeneration of specific ‘terroirs’ is fundamental to his thinking.
This wine is sourced from the family vineyard where owner Zoltán Demeter spent a happy childhood learning to tend vines. Furmint from 100-year-old vines has been fermented in used 4hl Zemplen oak (to the sound of classical music, no less!) It has a fine, ethereal nose with hints of white flowers and fresh pear, and a beautifully refined, elegant and long palate supported by vivid acidity. It still has a long life ahead of it.
Drinking Window 2020 - 2028