Paşaeli 6N – Karasakız Merlot
Grape: 82% Karasakız (Ka-ra-sa-kiz) , 18% Merlot
Bottle size: 75cl
Acidity: 8.5 g/L
WINEMAKER: Andrea Paoletti
Service: 12-16 c
Match With: BBQ or other grilled meats, hearty stews
Soil: Sandy and clay soil at an altitude of 1700 feet
Vine: indigenous vines, 3.3 tons/acre yield
Aging: Neutral oak barrels
Maturation: 12 months in bottle
Climate: Modified maritime, hot summers, cool winters
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.
Pasaeli, founded by Seyit Karagözoglu 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% Karasakiz (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.
The 6N red wine from Turkish winery Pasaeli, made with a combination of Merlot and Karazakiz grapes. The palate offers notes of cranberry, plum and ripe figs. Try pairing this wine with smoked salmon or chicken shawarma.
Karasakiz is native to Kaz Daglari and translates curiously as “black chewing
gum”. The grapes come from a single vineyard of clay-loam soil planted at an
altitude of 550 metres. Wild yeast fermentation, then aged for six months in
French and American oak barrels (not new) prior to a minimum of 6 months
in bottle before release.
Light to medium bodied, distinctive aroma of red cherry, cranberry and
dried figs. Sour cherry freshness and earthiness on the finish.
Very food friendly, pair with grilled chicken dishes, lamb chops and Turkish