Paşaeli Boutique Winery-Turkish Wines

Type: Red Wine
Denomination of Origin: Mount Ida (Kaz Dağları)-Çanakkale / Aegean Region
Grape Varieties: 94% Karasakız, 6% Merlot
Closure: Cork
Alcohol content: 13% vol.
Ideal Service: 12-16°C
Bottle content: 75 cl

Paşaeli 6N Karasakız Merlot

Paşaeli 6N Karasakız Merlot Red Wine is blend of Karasakız and Merlot grapes. Karasakız variety is native to north Ida Mount (Kaz Dağları), close to the site of ancient Troy. Grown in a single vineyard that lies at 500 metres elevation, it is fermented with native yeast only. There is a very slight percentage of Merlot in the wine. The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and crushed. The wine was made with native yeast only. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tank with skin contact of 3 weeks with pumping overs and punch downs. The wine was barrel-aged for 6 months in 2- and 3-years old French and American oak; to have a touch of oak for complexity. Lightish ruby-red colour. The nose is delightful with aromas of sweet red cherry, cranberry, and dry fig. The distinct nose carries over onto the palate with sweet cherry red fruit, sour cherry freshness with great acidity and tannins that are compact yet gentle. Hugely distinctive, and delicious with a long spicy finish. Best served very slightly chilled.

Awards

Jancis Robinson, 16+ points for 2019

Paşaeli Winery

Paşaeli, founded by Seyit Karagözoğlu in 2000, was a real discovery at the recent Wines of Turkey tasting in London with wines from both international and indigenous varieties showing real personality. This is a blend of both; 18% Merlot with 82% Karasakız (which translates as ‘black chewing gum’). There are only 50 hectares of the latter in the whole of Turkey, planted near the ruins of Troy at an altitude of 550 metres on Mount Ida. It is aged for six months in French and US oak. The medium bodied palate combines sour cherry, rosehip and balsamic vinegar flavours alongside a tart, lip-smacking acidity and a forest-floor finish.

Karasakız

In 2008, Paşaeli planted a vineyard with the varietal Karasakız at an altitude of 2,000 feet. The Karasakız variety is native to Kaz Dağları (Mount Ida), which is close to the ruins of ancient Troy in the northern Aegean wine-growing region. 6N is a blend made predominantly from the indigenous grape Karasakız, along with a splash of Merlot. Fermented naturally with only native yeast, “6N” has wafting aromas of red fruits – cranberries, sweet red cherries and pomegranate, with some fresh spice.

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Paşaeli Winery

Paşaeli Wines built a boutique winery in Kemalpaşa near the port city of Izmir in the western part of Turkey. Total production is currently around 150.000 bottles a year. They make wines as little as 500 bottles to a maximum of 15.000 bottles per sku. Also, they have four vineyards of 15 hectares, one near the city of İzmir (close to the village of Kaynaklar), two more near the city of Tekirdağ (one close to the town of Şarköy and the other close to the village of Hoşköy) and one more near the city of Çanakkale (close to the village of Gedik). Kaynaklar and Hoşköy vineyards were planted by them but Şarköy vineyard has 50 years “old vines” of Yapıncak variety and Gedik vineyard has 35 years “old vines” of Karasakız variety. They hand harvest grapes.
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