WOTW: Kayra Wines Beyaz Kalecik Karasi, 2015

In A Nutshell: An refreshing and eye-catching rosé from Turkey. A taste of things to come from this amazing wine-producing country.

The Producer: With modern Turkish food enjoying a renaissance, it’s high time that Turkish wine followed suit; and Kayra in Eastern Anatolia makes some of the country’s best wines. Its powerful reds and subtle whites and rosés are made from unique and intriguing local varieties including Kalecik Karasi, Bogazkere and Öküzgözü. The wines are immaculate and modern and offer some amazing new taste experiences.

The Wine: The grapes from the Denizli region were harvested at optimal ripeness and those from the first part of the harvest were used to make this pale pink wine. It is a blanc de noir produced from the indigenous red variety, Kalecik Karasi, which is pronounced as “kahle-djic-cah-ah-ser”. Only the free run juice from the initial pressing was used, the must was then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, preserving the freshness and aromatics.

Tasting Note: Pale pink in colour with delightful notes of citrus, orange flower, pink grapefruit and ripe red fruits which follow through to a palate of wild strawberry, raspberry, a hint of ginger and a lively acidity on the finish.

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