Ageability: 6-8 years
Decanting: Not needed
Serving temperature: 8-10 °C
Zoltan Demeter is a legend in the Tokaj wine region. Since he started out, he has been 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 Szepsy 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 (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.
The fame of Tokaj as a region has been built on the reputation of its sublime sweet wines, the legendary Aszu and Essenzia. The occasions for drinking dessert wines however are far less frequent than for drinking dry wines and it is hard for a small grower to survive on the precarious production and uncertain demand for even great sweet wines. Zoltan Demeter therefore took the decision to make 75% of his wines dry and focus on preserving the individual identities of each single vineyard.
White flowers, apples, pears, apricot, honeysuckle, jasmine
Structured, soft and lean with vibrant acidity
Shellfish, white fish, oily fish, chicken rice