04/08/2013 – Vinkara, Kalecik Karasi 2011

Vinkara, Kalecik Karasi 2011, Turkey
The UK seems to be seeing more and more wines from exotic and unusual places, with retailers like Waitrose and Marks & Spencer joining fine wine merchants to explore new and resurgent wine countries from Armenia to Bolivia. One retailer that has really gone for it is The Wine Society, who have a whole host of wines from unexpected places. One of my absolute favourites is this, made from the Kalecik Karasi grape, which for me has very Pinot Noir-like qualities. It has a pale colour and aromas of soft berries, cherry and autumnal dry wooodland leaves and truffle. On the palate it is a delight, fairly light bodied but velvet-textured, but the cherry and berry fruit edged by smokiness and that woodland quality, soft tannins and good acidity against the creamy mid-palate fruit. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. 9.50, The Wine Society.