In our Tokaji Aszu, the traditional famous dessert wine of the region, we offer a rich, powerful wine with beautiful golden colors, an expressive bouquet and layers upon layers of wonderful flavors. Supporting the style that has remained true to the vineyard practices and winemaking at Kiralyudvar, the minerality in this wine reflects the essence of the company’s first-class vineyards.
Kiralyudvar’s Aszu wines are consistently produced at natural 6 Puttonyos (a minimum of 150 grams per liter of residual sugar) sweetness levels. To consistently reach these levels, we must patiently wait until late into the harvest season to handpick the botrytized berries. The risks from frost and poor weather become exponentially higher each extra day that the berries are left on the vine. By carefully selecting the Aszu berries one at a time and using outstanding quality base wine as the fermenting must, we ensure that each release will be worthy of the time and energy put forth in this effort.
Each individual Aszu wine is aged a minimum of three years prior to release (two years in Hungarian oak barrels and one year in the bottle) allowing for the proper development of the wine. These dessert wines, fully enjoyable today by itself or with creamy cheeses, custards and richer cakes, should continue to age nobly over decades with proper cellaring.
Stories of an illustrious history help define Kiralyudvar’s place in the heart of Tokaj and of Hungary itself. The estate has maintained an esteemed place in the wine tradition and legend of the region ever since.
As early as the 11th century, Kiralyudvar - the KING’S COURT - supplied Tokaji wines to Hungary’s royal court. Wine commerce enabled the estate to serve as a financial engine for the 12th century Crusades to the Holy Land. During Tokaj’s golden age from the 16th to the 18th century, the estate’s wines contributed directly to the worldwide fame of Tokaji wines.
Following the 1711 War of Independence, the Hungarian royal family reclaimed Kiralyudvar, where it remained over the next two centuries. After the First World War, the estate was placed in the hands of the Tokaj Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology.
Our place in the estate’s history began in 1997 when Tokaj wine enthusiast Anthony Hwang carried out his vision to return Kiralyudvar to its past grandeur. Over the next decade, the original structure and cellars were carefully rebuilt while grand-cru vineyards throughout the region were collected and reworked.
In 2003, the company released its acclaimed single-vineyard 1999 Lapis Aszu dessert wine, which immediately established Kiralyudvar as a serious producer and revealed the company’s pioneering vision. This wine instantaneously became a benchmark for quality in Tokaj and also brought a welcomed visibility to the winery.
A few years later in 2006, Kiralyudvar again demonstrated its desire and ability to bring Tokaj wines to even higher levels with the introduction of the 2005 Sec, a world-class dry wine from a region recognized for its dessert wines.
Over the past decade, the company has continued its vineyard renewal program while installing a system of nurturing vineyard practices. Today, the Hwang family works closely with the winemaking at Kiralyudvar to forge the estate’s distinct style of precision and balance, terroir-expression and modern innovation on traditional winemaking techniques.