In a nutshell: A wonderfully light and honeyed Tokaji Szamorodni from a small, artisan producer.
The lowdown: Kikelet are a small boutique sized producer and only make their wines in small quantities. Just 1,210 bottles of this were produced. The name Szamorodni on the label refers to one of the ancient methods of sweet wine making in Tokaj. For these wines the typical levels of residual sugar are between 80 and 120 gramms per litre. The grapes were harvested in October and November, with some berries having botrytis while others were still healthy at the time of picking. The balance of the two types of berries durring winemaking creates a real complexity which is accompanied by freshness and amazing acidity. Full of rich apricots, peaches, figs, pineapple and creamy honey this makes a wonderfully light and clean tasting style of Tokaji.
When to drink: A lovely dessert wine that'll go nicely with a classic Victoria sponge cake.
In 2002 Stéphanie Berecz and her husband Zsolt Berecz started Kikelet in the heart of Tarcal, which is a splendid former market town in the Tokaj Region and considered to have some of the best terroir in Tokaj. Currently they have 5 hectares of vines in production.
Stéphanie comes from the Loire Valley and graduated as an oenologist in Bordeaux in 1994. A few months later she moved to the Tokaj Region to gain experience in this very famous wine producing area. She quickly fell in love, both with the wine region and her future husband Zsolt who was working in the vineyards. Since then, as they say, it's all history.