A Slice Of The Mediterranean In The Concrete Jungle


Previously with @turkwineclubhk : A splendid Mediterranean soirée with old and new friends, awesome wines, and delicious Greek food! 

A big THANK YOU to all of you who joined our wine dinner last night. 

We feasted on an authentic 7-course Greek meal prepared by Chef Andreas Sourdas as we tasted through TEN different flavors of the best, rare Grand Crus of Turkey, Greece, Georgia, Croatia and Italy with our Mediterranean wine specialist and Founder of Turkish Wine Club Cass.


The degustation featured trendy Amber/Orange wine, ultra-rare White made out of Pinot Noir, and exotic Red made of indigenous grapes from FIVE Mediterranean countries.

All tasting notes are available below:

Kavaklidere Prestige Narince 2012, Turkey (blanc)

Country: Cappadocia, Turkey

Grape: 100% Narince

Dégustation: Narince is a distinctive Anatolian white grape variety known for its strong aromas, body and aging potential. It gained this strong reputation after being produced as a varietal wine by Kavaklıdere for the first time.
Prestige Narince 2015 grapes are grown in Cappadocia Cotes d’ Avanos Vineyard with the Tokat Narince touch and after being fermented in 225lt French oak barrels, it is matured for 9 months with “élevage sur lies”.

 

Tamada Rkatsiteli Qvevri 2014, Georgia (amber)

Country: Kakheti, Georgia

Grape: 100% Rkatsiteli

Dégustation: This qvevri Rkatsiteli from fruit grown in the village of Vardisubani comes from the Tamada range of PDO wines from large producer GWS (Georgian Wines and Spirits Company). The wine spends a year in used barriques after its time in qvevri. It’s bright gold in color, with a pretty scent combining doughy richness, walnut butter, umami and a sweet barley sugar note. 

 

Fattoria Mancini Impero Pinot Noir 2017, Italy (STILL blanc)

Country: Marche, Italy

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

Dégustation: Pinot Noir has been present in the province of Pescara for almost 200 years, introduced during the Napoleonic era, and so the varietal could now almost be considered to be native. The chalky soil where it is cultivated and the cold microclimate on the high cliffs overlooking the Adriatic are considered ideal to cultivate this grape. The result is a white wine that brings together Burgundy traits with a juicy ‘sweet-green’ Marche acidity.

 

Lucien Arkas Mon Reve Montepulciano 2014, Turkey

Country: Izmir, Turkey

Grape: 100% Montepulciano

Dégustation: Organic Wine. A perfect balance between tradition and modernism allows the wines to age in French and American oak barrels or stainless steel tanks. 18 grape varieties are grown in our vineyards.

 

Nif Reserve Montepulciano 2013, Turkey

Country: Izmir, Turkey

Grape: 100% Montepulciano

Dégustation: One of the most beautiful wineries in Turkey. The balance on Nif’s Reserve Montepulciano is such that you hardly notice the high alcohol content (14%) making it something of a dangerous wine! Silky tannins twine around a strong acidic backbone providing symmetry and balance to the palate. Plump black fruits melt into a long finish of caramel coffee budino.

 

Ktima Foundi PDO Naoussa Xynomavro 2012, Greece

Country: In the Imathia regional unit of Macedonia, Greece

Grape: 100% Xynomavro

Dégustation: Its rich tannins are well-rounded by aging in French oak barrels for one year, imparting to the palate a slight hint of wood, which adds to the natural noble bouquet of Xinomavro. A typical ‘vin de garde’, full of local character.

 

Khareba Otskhanuri Sapere 2015, Georgia

Country: Imereti, Georgia

Grape: Otskhanuri Sapere

Dégustation: Dry red wine made in Qvevri ( clay jug ) for 6 months, from Otskhanuri Sapere sort of grape. This grape variety is cultivated in Imereti region – West Georgia. It is prepared by particular way such is selection of grapes in vineyards, after that the grapes are selected grains after grains in the cellar and undamaged, healthy grapes are put into the Qvevri for alcoholic fermentation. 

 

URLA Nero d’Avola – Karasi 2015, Turkey

Country: Izmir, Turkey

Grape: Blend of Urla Karasi + Nero d’Avola

Dégustation: All grapes are hand harvested in the cool of the morning ensuring they reach the winery in peak condition, preserving freshness and flavour.
Planted on 3,000 year old terraces Turkey has a winemaking history that way outdoes that of the Greeks and Romans!

 

Rizman Tribidrag (Zinfandel) 2014, Croatia

Country: Dalmatia, Croatia

Grape: 100% Tribidrag

Dégustation: The name Tribidrag comes from the same name variety that is also the synonym with the name Kaštelanski Crljenak, worldwide known as Zinfandel (USA) or Primitivo (Italy). Tribidrag as a wine variety and wine is found in the Croatian history during the 15th century, while it enjoys royal status among Dalmatian wines. 

 

Kavaklidere Tatli Sert (Sherry), Turkey

Country: Turkey

Grape: 100% Narince

Dégustation: Tatlı Sert Narince, matured for a long time in oak barrels, is an attractive fortified white wine with its rich and complex aromatic character. This concentrated wine is produced by the “Port” method ( the addition of grape alcohol during fermentation) .

 

Author: Evercohol Management
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