The Zwacks were originally from Hungary and gained fame for creating Unicum, the nation’s favourite liqueur. After a period abroad during the Communist regime, they returned to Hungary in the late 20th century. Aware of the potential for still and sweet wines in the north-eastern region of Tokaj, the family invested in Dobogó on their return. Izabella has spent time working alongside Vanya Cullen in the Margaret River and this influence is seen in the purity of the Dobogó wines. The vineyards are farmed using organic methods, with shot spur pruning to restrict yields and planted with the local Furmint, Harslevelu and Muscat Lunel varieties. The 28 different vineyard sites, including the 30 year old Betsek and Palota vineyards, are situated around the villages of Mad and Tallya and are all classified ‘First Growth’. The soils are of volcanic origin. Aszú wines are made from individually selected and picked grapes that have been affected by the fungus Botrytis Cinerea. These delicious dessert wines have a classification based on the number of puttonyos. A puttony is a small wooden basket where 25 kilos of botrytised grapes fit. Depending on the number of baskets that are added to a gönci barrel of 136 liters of dry white wine, one arrives at an aszú dessert wine ranging from 3 to 6 puttonyos. The domain Dobogó produces only the highest quality sweet wines: aszú 6 puttonyos. The award-winning winery of Izabella Zwack Dobogó has won for the third consecutive year the Regional Trophy Medal of Decanter Magazine.
Deep yellow in colour, with flecks of gold. The bouquet is fragrant and open, with honey and dried fruits. Apricot, citrus peel and fig flavours mix on the palate with a mellow vanilla complexity. The long finish is sweet, with an unctous, rich feel, but is nicely balanced by refreshing acidity.