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Patricius Cellars Tokaji Dry Furmint 2007
Light green colour. Nose has a green apple skin character, slightly herbal and mineral quality. There's something just a touch overcooked. The palate is dry and full, and the alcohol is a little hot. Tart apple and citrus acidity sharpens it up, but a touch astringent and lacks a little charm perhaps. 85/100

Patricius Cellars Tokaji Late-harvest Furmint 'Katinka' 2005
109g/l of residual sugar with quite a high proportion of Botrytis berries. Light yellow/gold colour. Quite clean, sharp, apple and lemon aromatics. Just a touch of honey and barley sugar coming through, as it gradually gains complexity. The palate is medium-bodied, with a certain minerality giving a lean backbone to honeyed, almond flavours. Sweet edges to this giving a little lusciousness, though it stays clean and fresh. 90/100

Patricius Cellars Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2002
150g/l residual sugar. From 40-year-old vines, the colour is light gold with a hint of straw. A smoky, honeyed character emerges from a fairly discreet nose. Peach skin aromas and a waxy apple quality. On the palate this has some of that luscious barley sugar sweetness and richness, but the fat, lemony acidity keeps it quite fresh and appetising. 92/100

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