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Producer: Kayra WinesGrape Varieties: Öküzgözü 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Smooth complex redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Turkey
Lively bright, ripe red fruit aromas with gorgeous acidity are the hallmarks of this fantastic wine. Just a hint of menthol and exotic spices of the ancient mid-orient combine with supple tannins that integrate seamlessly with the smoothness of the finish. A truly undiscovered treasure of Turkey.
Kayra is producing premium wines from the Anatolia region -considered to be the birthplace of wine- and is at the cutting edge of winemaking in this diverse nation. The wines are made from unique and intriguing local varieties. These indigenous varieties, whilst being ancient to Turkey are now being vinified using modern techniques and are producing award winning results. Anatolian grapes, along with international varieties, are planted in the best sites following the philosophy of terroir. The vineyards and wineries have been significantly invested in. The Elziğ winery, located in Eastern Anatolia was established in 1942 and is dedicated entirely to the production of red wines. The Şarköy Winery in Thrace was built in 1996 and embraces a cellar for 1200 barrels, reserved for the ageing of special cuvées. Under the guidance of consultant winemaker Daniel O'Donnell, it is Kayra's aim to reveal the true potential of Turkey and to bring their rich history and generous spirit to lovers of fine wine.
The Okuzgozu variety, pronounced "O-kuz-goez-zu" is an ancient and indigenous variety to Turkey. Grown in the Elazig region of Turkey where the soils are red clay with decomposed granite and lime, clay soils. The Keban Dam has a cooling influence on the microclimate.
The wine was matured for 10 months in oak barrels, adding spicy complexity to the final wine.
Pair with savoury and luscious dishes, such as a slow roasted loin of lamb, a pan-fried peppered steak, pasta dishes with a piquant sauce and fine aged cheese.
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Okuzgozu 2013, Kayra Wines, Anatolia£16.20
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