Kayra Kalecik Karasi Blanc de Noir 2018
Kayra is producing premium wines from the Anatolia region - considered to be the birthplace of wine - and is at the cutting edge of winemaking in this diverse nation. The wines are made from unique and intriguing local varieties. These indigenous varieties, whilst being ancient to Turkey are now being vinified using modern techniques and are producing award-winning results. Anatolian grapes, along with international varieties, are planted in the best sites following the philosophy of terroir. The vineyards and wineries have been significantly invested in. The Elzig winery, located in Eastern Anatolia was established in 1942 and is dedicated entirely to the production of red wines. The Sarkoy Winery in Thrace was built in 1996 and embraces a cellar for 1200 barrels, reserved for the ageing of special cuvées. Under the guidance of consultant winemaker Daniel O'Donnell, it is Kayra's aim to reveal the true potential of Turkey and to bring its rich history and generous spirit to lovers of fine wine.
The wine was made from a blend of two regions: Ankara, which is the home of the Kalecik grape; and Denizli. Situated in the middle of the country, Ankara has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters and has pebbly clay soils in the vineyards. The vineyards of the Denizli region, which borders Greece, also experience a continental climate. The soils in the Denizli vineyards are cooling clay-loam, which are calcareous at high altitudes, providing good water retention and drainage for the vines. The vines are pruned according to the Cordon system and are planted in a north-south orientation.
Kalecik Karasi means Black of Kalecik and is pronounced "kahle-djic-cah-ah-ser". These blue-purple, medium-sized grapes were harvested at optimum phenolic maturity. The berries were cold-soaked for three days, prior to a cool fermentation which took place in 100% stainless steel, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks, in order to express the untouched character of the Anatolian varietal and to highlight the distinct structure, aromas and texture of this unique variety.
Kayra Kalecik Karasi expresses its earthy roots, along with lively fruit aromas of finger bananas, ripe plums and ginger flowers, which lead through to a lightness of fruit, density of texture, and soft, silky tannins on the palate.
Serve at 14-16°C with a slow-roasted lamb shank, grilled red meats, barbecued fish or roast duck.
Grape - Kalecik Karasi 100%
Country - Turkey.
Body Value: C (A is light, E is full-bodied)
Residual Sugar: 2.4
Contains Sulphites: Yes