83% Karasakiz and 17% Merlot. Picked from a single vineyard at an altitude of 550 metres on the slopes of Mount Ida, close to the site of ancient Troy. Light to medium bodied, characteristically Karasakiz, with distinctive aroma of red cherry, cranberry and dried figs. There’s a sour cherry freshness and earthy spices on the long finish.
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Karasakız variety is native to north Kaz Dağları. Grown in a single vineyard at an altitude of 550 meters, it is fermented with native yeast only. Paşaeli 6N Karasakız, Merlot 2015 has a lightish cherry red color. The nose is delightful with aromas of cranberry and sweet red cherry. The distinct nose carries over onto the palate – sweet cherry red fruit, sour cherry freshness with a touch of spices and a long fresh finish.
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; 17% Merlot with 83% 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.