Okuzgozo derives its name from the large berries said to resemble a bull’s eye. This is generously flavoured with hints of cherries and redcurrants, very soft tannins and a lively acidity on the finish.
Produced across two sites in Tokat and Cappadoccia, this is a really interesting blend of 35% Narince, 35% Emir and 30% Sultaniye. It has a slightly spicy, herbal nose with an aniseed edge. Dry and mineral with a savoury note on the finish.
If you need an example of how good Turkish wines can be, this is a great place to start. Multi-layered and rich, the spiciness of the Narince marries seamlessly with the softer, creamier textures of the Chardonnay. This is really very fine indeed.
This is probably more familiar territory and is certainly easier to pronounce which might make it a useful gateway into Turkish wines for those uncertain where to start. Generously flavoured with a fresh, juicy edge, this has got great balance and a long, supple finish.
I should probably come clean and admit that we were introduced to this delightful dry Muscat over a sun-kissed vineyard lunch. It is just a perfect al fresco white – full of grapey Muscat aromas but elegantly balanced with a crisp acidity and a bone-dry finish." Chris Connolly"
Ultra-stylish, multi award winnning Syrah. Deeply coloured with ripe, brambly tones and a mouth-filling intensity on the finish. Perhaps the most `international` of all the wines tasted, it is a real crowd pleaser is a perfect wine with which to surprise your dinner guests. - Chris Connolly
7 months in French oak lend some extra dimension to this understated, mineral white. One of my most frequent notes across the whole range of wines was `balanced` and this is a case in point. Refreshing and savoury with a lovely freshness on the finish. - Chris Connolly
One of the more interesting details to come out of the tastings was the ability of some of these wines to age really well. Granted, 2009 is not exactly antique but by comparison with so many of the vintages that you see on the shelves over here it certainly classes as mature. With very soft tannins and savoury, meaty tones in abundance this is worryingly easy to drink. Its acidity continues to provide a lively freshness and I would suggest that this is a wine which is only just starting to show its true colours. - Chris Connolly
Memorably described at a tasting as `1/2 Tawny Port, 1/2 Vin Santo, and 1/2 Amontillado Sherry, and yes I know that makes 3`, this is exquisite.
Made from the Narince grape (incidentally the most widely plant vine in Turkey, but mainly for it`s edible vine leaves) the wine is fortified and then spends 12 years maturing barrel before bottling. An initial whiff of rancio notes leads into a palate bursting with sweet baked apple and before the sugar becomes overpowering a long dry finish emerges. Trust me,even a banquet, not a drop of this will be left undrunk...
This is really delicious with a mouth-wateringly juicy “drinkability.” Its got a spicy red fruit character to it and a meaty richness but retains real elegance and has some fine savoury tones on the finish.