We had a lovely tasting event on May 25th. I may say that particularly I like such tasting events where the participants reflect their feelings about wine.
We tasted very interesting wines with different varieties from different regions of Turkey. The following wines were tasted in the event:
-Suvla Kınalı Yapıncak 2014
-Chamlija Kırklareli Chardonnay 2011
-Barel Rose 2014
-Pamukkale Trio 2013
-Likya Podalia 2010
-Gali Pure Merlot 2011
Suvla Kınalı Yapıncak is one of my favorite whites in Turkey. I really love the very fresh and high acidic elements with mineral structure in this wine. In 2014 the producer also made a little touch of barrel fermentation for about 3 months. Citrus, apple and mineral notes dominates the palate and the nose. You can feel some “sur lie” effect whereas the wine has gained a deeper structure than 2013. This is a medium bodied wine with medium + finish. If I could find some oysters, this would be the wine to match…
I had many opportunities to taste Chamlija’s Kırklareli Chardonnay 2011 in different periods and I may say the wine has developed amazingly. The nose is very rich with nuts, toast, buttery aromas with hints of peach, apple and some floral notes. On the palate you can immediately feel the vibrant acidity of the wine with a balanced and complex structure. I may say it is more fruity on the palate than the nose which I like too much particularly in chardonnay. This could be the wine I would match with “escargot a la bourguignonne”…
Barel’s Rosé 2014 has just been released and it is a lovely rosé with hints of strawberry and red plum. On the palate it has a fresh structure with sufficient acidity and fruit balance. Really good rosé for this summer and most importantly it has a good price/quality value.
Pamukkale has always been making really good wines at affordable prices and Trio is one of those values. This is a blend of Shiraz, Kalecik Karasi and Cabernet Sauvignon. Very fruity on the nose with hints of blackberries, plum, banana and some spice. On the palate it has light to medium body with fresh structure and firm tannins. This is a typical “everyday” wine which you can enjoy with pizza or light pasta dishes.
During the event, I was wondering about how Likya’s Podalia 2010 is developed over the years. It is an unusual blend of Kalecik Karası and Malbec and the grapes are coming from the vineyards located in Elmalı-Antalya at 1100 m altitude right in front of the winery. On the nose, still fruity (especially black cherry notes) with hints of leather, spice and some earth. Very round and soft on the palate with nice acidity and a good balance. Definitely I would go for rich dishes or pastas such as lamb stew or papardelle lamb ragu…
Gali Pure Merlot 2011 was the last wine we tasted. It is recently released and now the wine can finally be found in the stores. I may say that this is a great Merlot which reflects all the aspects of a fine wine with complex, fruity and concentrated structure. Ripe blackberries dominates the fruit with humble oaky and floral notes. The producer used mainly Hungarian barrels for a period of 12 months. Very vibrant acidity, distinctive but round tannins, full body and a very long finish fullfill our expectations from this lovely wine. Certainly will develop more for the following years.
As a result we all had a great time and it was great to discuss with different people with different tastes. We are now looking forward for the next event…