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Samuel Tinon branched out on his own in 2000, having worked at Royal Tokaji Company since 1991. He started renting vineyards and now both owns and rents around five hectares. According to Wine Advocate’s reviewer Neal Martin, “he often ages the wine under a flor of yeast, so you end up with an intriguing sherry/Tokaji hybrid that is almost jarring, yet stimulating to the senses.“
“Birtok” roughly translates to “domain” and allows various vineyards to be blended together. For Samuel Tinon, this means pulling from the famed Határi vineyard near the village of Olaszliszka and off of the dense loess slopes of Mt. Tokaj above the village of Tokaj. Blending these two sites yields an intensely unique Furmint. The fruit is ripe, the acids are high and there’s plenty of structure to create a pungent balance. It’s like taking the weight and creamy texture of Chenin Blanc and the acidic edge and stony fruit of Riesling and mashing them together with smoke and salt.