Weekly wine defined: Furmint

Mary writes:

Furmint is a white grape variety grown in Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania. Each country has a different and unpronounceable name for the grape.

But Hungary has made this grape famous, so we’re sticking with Furmint.

Furmint is the principle grape in Tokay — the world’s most famous dessert wine. What makes this wine so different is this grape with its high acidity and concentrated sweetness.

Furmint is particularly attracted to noble rot. Its high acidity also gives the wine a long aging potential — if you can keep yourself away from it.

In Tokay Furmint is blended with a more aromatic and difficult to pronounce grape named Harslevelu.