3931 Mezőzombor, Disznókő dülő, HrSz.0202, Hungary
Phone: +36 47 569 410
Acclaimed as one of the three most favourable sites for Aszú in Tokaj, the Disznókő estate is a single tract of land set in 250 acres. Our south-, southwest-facing slopes planted with local Furmint, Hárslevelű and Zéta are open to the Plain. Morning autumn mists and warm breezes ensure optimal conditions for noble rot. The Botrytis develops, concentrating the natural sugars, flavours and acids in the grapes. Our wines gain their fire from the mineral-rich volcanic land, rhyolite-tuff with clay soils.
The highly selective harvest, entirely by hand, occurs from late August through to early November on several pickings in the vineyard. The harvest includes picking the intact grapes for dry Tokaji wines, the botrytised clusters and part clusters for Late Harvest, and the berry by berry selection of the aszú grapes, the key ingredient of the legendary Tokaji Aszú.
Aszú berries are botrytised grapes that dry on the vine, shrivelling to become rich purple-brown and raisin-like with aromas of figs and other dried fruits. Picking aszú berries is extremely labour intensive, demanding great skill from the harvesters who can pick a mere 6-10kg a day.
The nature of the aszú determines whether we use fermenting must or base wine and from which vineyard, the proportion of aszú berries and the length of their maceration. Our aim is to attain maximum flavours and aromas combined with the precise and pure structure given by the maceration. This allows us at Disznókő to preserve the freshness of the fruit, achieving a surprising balance between sugar, acidity and alcohol.
We produce all our own grapes from plots that are harvested and vinified separately, and then blended carefully according to years of in-depth knowledge of each parcel. For specific terroirs and vintages we choose to have single vineyard designated wines to highlight the individual characters.
Our guiding principle is always the pursuit of absolute purity of fruit, freshness and balance combined with the power and depth of the botrytised grapes.
Our expertise means our collection of Aszú vintages, starting in 1992, is the most comprehensive. Each Aszú reflects the character of the vintage and the nature of the botrytis.