Wine Of The Week: Tempos Vega Sicilia Oremus Mandolás Dry Tokaji 2015

APR 13, 2018 @ 12:32 PM The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets

Wine Of The Week: Tempos Vega Sicilia Oremus Mandolás Dry Tokaji 2015











Brian Freedman , CONTRIBUTOR I cover food, wine, drinks, travel; host dinners; and consult on wine

One of the enduring truisms of the wine world is that you never know where your next great bottle of wine will come from. It’s easy to get caught up in the quest for legendary vintages from marquis-name producers, but truly memorable wine can come from anywhere these days. It’s what makes me most excited every time I pop the cork from a bottle I’d previously never tasted: From stunning English sparklers to delicious Australian Grenache that makes you sit up straighter and stare at your glass in disbelief, there are visionary producers all over the world coaxing great wine from their land, and often in places where you’d least expect it.

I bring this up because my Wine of the Week is from a place that too many wine lovers still haven’t explored, and is made in a style that is very different from the wines they likely have tasted from there if they’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to it.



Great wine doesn’t have to be crafted from a terribly familiar grape variety. The Oremus Dry Furmint 2015 is a delicious, expressive example (Credit: Tempos Vega Sicilia).

This dry Hungarian white, made entirely from the Furmint grape variety, is from Tokaji, Hungary, a place far more frequently associated with its legendarily long-lived (and, in my opinion, ambrosial) sweet wines. It’s delicious, crafted by Vega Sicilia—one of the most respected producers in the world—and an absolute steal that you can find online for well under $30. This gem proves the importance of keeping an open mind when choosing a wine, and accepting the realization that a great bottle doesn’t have to cost a fortune, or even be all that familiar in terms of composition or regional origin.

Tempos Vega Sicilia Oremus Mandolás Dry Tokaji 2015

Floral and waxy on the nose, with apricot and lanolin notes, lead to a concentrated, elegant palate with vanilla pod, honeysuckle, lemon pastry creme, and pear fritters. The finish is long and subtly honeyed, and its acidity keeps it all fresh.

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