“Kalecik Karasi” grape is Turkey’s one of the special varietal grapes originated from the town of Kalecik nearby Ankara Central Anatolia. Trajan is trademark of Tomurcukbag vineyards from Kalecik town. Their 2009 vintage Kalecik Karasi wine is a good example to understand and discover this varietal. The interesting matter about this producer is that they only use “natural yeast” instead of industrial yeast. This is quite difficult to adopt and contains a bit of risk during the production; however, I believe that this technique has obtained a good result for this wine. This wine has quite pale ruby color with some classic Claret wise color notes. Red berries (especially cherry) are significant on the nose followed by citrus, red plum and some mineral earthy notes. the wine has quite medium-low acidity and body on the palate; however the tannins are soft which makes the wine easy to drink. Simple cherry notes, some cranberry and clove flavors are clear on the palate. Quite medium-short finish. It is about 40 TL on the market and the same producer has got also a “reserve” wine which I am planning to taste in the near future.
I had already tasted Vinolus Vineyards’ stunning “Chardonnay” and “Okuzgozu-Bogazkere” blend before and this time I wanted to taste their “Kalecik Karasi” varietal which they collected from the vineyards located in Konya. I may imagine that these grapes do not belong to Vinolus themselves and hope that they are producing their own varietals; however, for this time, I shall regret to say that this Kalecik Karasi seems to have some problems, since the wine is quite similar to “turnip juice”. The wine is missing the fruit and gives you a feeling that you drink “turnip juice” instead of wine with some “chemical notes” behind. I have no idea from which part of Konya they got the grapes but I hope that they would produce their own grapes and make a much better wine from “Kalecik Karasi”.