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Producer: Kayra WinesGrape Varieties: Öküzgözü 51%, Boğazkere 49%Optimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Silky structured redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Turkey
A wine which promises enthusiasm: with its dense fruit and lively acidity which gracefully evolve to reveal subtle nuances of exotic spice, leather, cassis and a hint of toasty smoke. The soft silky texture adds to the red forest fruits and savoury notes on the palate with a long, lingering finish.
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 Öküzgözü grapes, which are pronounced "O-kuz-goez-zu" and the Boğazkere grapes- pronounced "Boazker-a" fermented separately. The wine was aged in oak barrels, 20% were new oak barrels comprising 17% of new French oak and 3% of new American oak; the remaining 80% of barrels were neutral oak. The wine maturation lasted for a minimum of 20 months.
A great food wine, which suits heavy and richly sauced red meat dishes, grilled steak, roasted vegetable kebab and hard cheeses such as parmesan and aged Cheddar.
Öküzgözü 51%, Boğazkere 49%
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