In a nutshell: A magnificently rich, but still light and complex Tokaji Aszú from a small, quality focussed winery.
The lowdown: Tokaji, one of the world's famous dessert wines, come from north eastern Hungary. It generally comes at different levels of sweetness according the amount of residual sugar in the finished wine with Aszú being one of the most swee. This one has a hefty 178 grams per litre. But far from being cloying it's incredibly rich and light, very complex and wonderfully easy to drink. It's full of creamy raspberry jam, melting white chocolate and juicy peach with notes of smoky chestnut - it's all there and more. There's a great balance of sweetness and acidity and long lingering finish.
When to drink: A decadent, but supremely enjoyable dessert wine, perfect with creamy fruit tarts.
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.