Tasting notes: Buyulubag Wines Tasting Session @ Rouge Wine Bar

I was at Rouge Wine Bar located at Taksim district of Istanbul for a special wine tasting session for Buyulubag Vineyards. Buyulubag Vineyards is located in Avsa Island on the southern part of Marmara Sea. During the session we tasted one white wine from a local grape called “Sultaniye” from 2010 vintage, one rose from 2009 and two reds from their reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from 2007 vintage and nice wine called “Shah” from 2008 vintage.

To my mind, the tasting session’s surprise was the “Sultaniye” 2010 vintage. Actually the grapes are not from their own vineyard, the grapes were picked from the vineyards of Denizli located in Middle – Aegean region (Western Anatolia) of Turkey.  However, in any case Sultaniye is a Turkish white varietal which gives fresh and light bodied white wines. This Buyulubag 2010 Sultaniye has a very light pale lemon yellow. It is certainly much more live and aromatic on the nose than I was expecting. Especially floral notes, some yellow fruit and citrus notes are very nice. It has medium level acidity on the palate with green fruit and citrus flavors. So crisp and fresh… May be it would be much fresher if the acidity would be one segment higher and the bitterness would be lower which comes from the high volume of alcohol. But there is a certain potential lies here and a good example of Sultaniye varietal.

Buyulubag’s 2009 “rose wine” is produced from a local varietal called “Adakarasi” from Avsa Island. On the nose there are some rose, strawberry and hint of red current. Since the wine comes from an island, there is also some salinity which creates a mineral character. The palate is more effective than the nose actually. Nice strawberry and red berries are significant on the palate. Also there is some sweetness which comes from the character of the grape I believe. Light bodied structure meets with a medium level of acidity. There are also some green notes on the palate during the short length finish.

It has been claimed by most of the Turkish wine masters that Buyulubag’s 2005 vintage “Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve” was the most successful and powerful Cabernet Sauvignon ever made in Turkey. The following 2006 vintage could not reach to that level unfortunately however, 2007 passes to a certain level, not as good as 2005 but certainly better than 2006. For 2007 vintage we have to consider that the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked from a 14 years old vineyard located in Cesme – Western Aegean Region of Turkey. 16 months of French oak maturity has been applied for this dark ruby colored wine. Classic notes of plum, dark berries, ripe cherry, toasty notes, some spicy aromas as well as vanilla, a little hint of chocolate and very nice green pepper aromas give us very strong idea about the wine on the nose. On the palate there is a quite balance for the medium body, medium acidity and soft tannins which makes the wine very easy to drink. Oaky flavors are little above than the fruity flavors and there is some little bitterness on the palate during the medium length finish.

Our last wine at the tasting session was Buyulubag’s authentic branded wine “Shah” which has also some Eastern style authentic figures on the bottle. “Shah” was from 2008 vintage with a blend of  75% Syrah, 12.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.5% Merlot. It has been matured for 12 months in oak barrels and just like all the other Buyulubag wines which we have tasted, contains 14.5% alcohol volume. Very interesting point for me is that, I’ve tasting too many wines above 14% volume of alcohol during these days…

The wine has a dark ruby color and on the front nose you immediately feel the alcohol. Very nice black berry aromas, ripe fruits, dark cherry, some citrus notes from behind, hint of chocolate and spicy aromas are significant on the nose. There is a certain balance on the palate in terms of acidity, tannins and I liked also the oak integration to the wine. On the other hand fruity and spicy flavors meet very well on the palate. May be we can expect a little more body and a longer finish from this wine in order to be more powerful, but in any case I really like this wine. I hope that it will be better in the upcoming vintages…

About Murat Mumcuoglu

Crazy about wine & gastronomy... Chef & Owner of Istanbul's smallest tapas bar "Hola Panini & Tapas" located in Moda district...
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