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Paşaeli Çalkarası Blush 2016 (Aegean)
Kaynaklar vineyard, Buca, Izmir
Our wine correspondent Kevin Gould loved this rosé at the great Cornucopia Wine Tasting in the Adahan Hotel in July. See ‘Turkey’s Wine Renassaince’ (Cornucopia 56):
‘Lovely seahorse label, a gorgeous wine; not pushed, but an entirely charming expression of this grape that starts by humming quietly and ends melodically with your favourite summer-at-the-seaside soundtrack. Great.’
Paşaeli Wines – Izmir, Turkey
Seyit Karağözoğlu founded this family-owned estate in 2000, and after much research found two ideal sites in Kaynaklar, Izmir, and Hoşköy, Tekirdağ, with the first vines planted in 2002. The former is deemed to be suited to Bordeaux varieties, the latter to native grapes which have existed in the region for centuries. It is these indigenous Anatolian and Thracian varieties of that Seyit most wants to protect, and Red Squirrel heartily agree because they make brilliant wines. These wines from Paşaeli prove that Turkish wine need not just be the next curiosity, but a genuine challenger to wines from more established origins.
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