Kiralyudvar Winery (500 ml) 2010 'Cuvee Ilona' Late Harvest, Tokaj

Kiralyudvar Winery (500 ml) 2010 'Cuvee Ilona' Late Harvest, Tokaj

Item Number: 11777

UPC: 5-999035120102

Country: Hungary
Region: Northern Hungary
Sub Region: Tokaj-Hegyalja
Appellation/AVA: Tokaj
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2010
Grape(s): 55% Furmint / 34% Hárslevel? / 11% Muskotály
Type: Wine - Dessert
Bottle Size: 500 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): 109 g/L
Total Acidity: 11 g/L
pH: 3.07
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Another Tony Hwang innovation—named for his wife Evelyn—Ilona is a versatile botrytized wine of the highest order.

Winemaking Notes:  Cuvee Ilona is produced from late harvest (many botrytized) berries in the estate's vineyards. The botrytized grapes are crushed, but not macerated like the Aszú wines. RS is approximately 160 g/l.

Vineyard Information:  Királyudvar has six main vineyards located in Tokaj’s heartland in the towns of Mád and Bodrogkeresztúr. All are historically important grand cru sites; including Henye, Percze, Becsek, and the great Lapis. The soils are clay and rock of volcanic origin (various Rhyolite Tuffs). The dominant grapes are Furmint and Hárslevelű, with a small amount of Muskotály planted in the Danczka vineyard. Anthony Hwang’s principal ownership of the Loire Valley’s Domaine Huët has given him an invaluable viewpoint when crafting his own wines in Tokaj. The estate adopted biodynamic viticulture in 2008 and obtained certification in 2015.


  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (6/15/2019)

    This strikes an intriguing balance between the lip-smacking frame of acidity and the rich profile of roasted nut, lemon confit, honeycomb and candied papaya flavors. Long and lingering on the finish, offering more nut hints, with smoke and spice accents. Drink now through 2025.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96 (5/31/2019)

    The 2010 Tokaji Cuvée Ilona is a noble late-harvest cuvée that blends 55% Furmint, 34% Hárslevel? and 11% Muskotály from the crus Danczka, Nyúlászó, Percze and Becsek. Vinified in 225-liter oak barrels and bottled with 11.5% alcohol (and 109 grams of residual sugar meeting 11 grams of total acidity and a pH of 3.07), this medium-intense amber colored Tokaji opens with a delicate, dark and spicy-flavored nose full of tobacco leaves, carrots, dried apricot and Muscat aromas. The wine is intense yet pure and fresh on the palate, with slicing acidity, almost bitter stone fruits and persistent concentration and power. It's an energetic, highly tensioned but linear and elegant 2010 with mouthwatering salinity in the finish. This 2010 is precise and long as a laser sword and has the potential to age for decades. Like the very best German wines from this vintage, this Ilona reminds me of the (Mosel and Rhine) 1921 vintage due to the combination of concentration, purity and razor-sharp acidity. It will probably never die (or at least not as fast as we all will). Mind that the 1921s are still vital like the best agers.