WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Low,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Orange blossom, Acacia, Peach, Honey

Hárslevelű is a white grape variety native to Hungary, particularly associated with the Tokaj wine region. It is known for its aromatic qualities and its contribution to both dry and sweet wines, including the famous Tokaji Aszú.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Hárslevelű wines typically offer aromas of orange blossom, acacia, honey, and sometimes hints of spice like ginger.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Hárslevelű retains higher acidity levels, enhancing its freshness and allowing the floral and fruity aromas to shine.

Warm Climate: Warmer climates can result in riper fruit flavors and a fuller body in Hárslevelű wines. However, careful vineyard management is crucial to prevent overripeness and preserve acidity.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Hungary, Tokaj: Hárslevelű is primarily grown in the Tokaj wine region of Hungary, where it is used both as a varietal wine and as a component in the legendary Tokaji Aszú dessert wines.

Producers: Notable producers include Oremus, Royal Tokaji, and Disznókő, renowned for their traditional and innovative approaches to Hárslevelű winemaking.


Hárslevelű wines can be enjoyed in their youth, particularly the dry styles which showcase freshness and fruitiness.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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