2006 Chateau Pajzos Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos

"The classic 2006 Aszu 5 Puttonyos is a worthy successor to the great 5 Puttonyos wines from the 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2005 vintages. The growing season began 2 weeks later than usual after a hard winter and a cold spring. Snow fell into March. Flowering was late, but the weather began to improve in mid-June. From then through harvest, the climate was very hot and dry, with the exception of occasional beneficial rains and cooler temperatures in early August. These conditions brought the grapes to optimal maturity with exceptional concentration and very high sugar levels. The significant day-night temperature differences in October and November, together with the moisture from the morning dew on the sugar-rich grapes, enabled the development of botrytis. These were ideal circumstances for the production of Aszu wines. The crop was ample in size and in perfect condition at harvest time, both for the dry, base-wine and the Aszu. The grapes for the Aszu wines were hand-picked in October and November in several passes at an outstanding level of ripeness during sunny, hot and dry days and very cool nights. Pajzos’ Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2006 was aged for three years in 220 liter, Hungarian oak casks, of which 30% were new, followed by three more year in stainless steel tanks. It was then assembled, lightly filtered, and bottled in November 2012. The stunning residual sugar level of 156 grams per liter qualifies the wine to be classified at a higher level, and it is balanced by more than 7 grams per liter of acidity. The 2006 vintage’s ideal combination of great ripeness and vibrant acidity is the epitome of the Pajzos house style, and is considered an ideal vintage by the estate. The Chateau Pajzos Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2006 was awarded a Gold Medal by Decanter Magazine, 2014 World Wine Awards." -Importer [+]