Wines of Turkey (the country, not the bird…that’s to come!)

One of the things that I most liked about doing my WSET wine courses was that I got the opportunity to taste wines that I would never ordinarily drink. It broadened my wine horizons and as we drew to the end of the Advanced course, I became a little sad that my time of trying weird and wonderful wine was coming to an end. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one with this sentiment, and a few of us on the course went on to form Wine Team, a small and informal tasting group that still to this day, 4 years on, meet once a month. Our leader, Mike, does us all a fantastic service, signing up presenters from far and wide to provide a varied and interesting programme of tastings. In the event that he can’t find someone to cover a particular topic that tickles our fancy, we’ll all pull together and present a selection of wines ourselves.

Tonight, we had the pleasure of Edoardo Amadi from Try Wines in Newbury, an old friend of the group, having presented on numerous occasions, as well as being a fellow taster as often as he can. Usually he treats us to some of his big Barolos and crisp Corteses, however, tonight, Italy took a back seat and Turkey was the wine producing country of choice.

Now I cannot recall ever tasting Turkish wine. I may have tried some on my WSET courses, but if I did, it has not etched itself in my mind. My expectations, with no reflection on our esteemed presenter, were not high. Eduardo did Turkish wine proud however and demonstrated that indeed, that there are wines being produced in Turkey that should be taken seriously, and all at under £13, were affordably tasty.

My Wine Team’s Turkish Tasting Top 3 (all from the Sevilen wine producer);

1)Isabey, Sevilen, Sauvignon Blanc 2012 13% £9.991426625_516307825131831_1954304168_n

This clean and fresh Sauvignon has an obvious grapefruitiness (if that is a word) and a big zingy finish. Surprisingly delightful and a hundred-fold more complex than most comparatively priced S.B’s from New Zealand. One of Jancis Robinson’s (esteemed lady wine reviewer) 100 top wines, if you can find it in M&S, give it a go.

Decent Rose but a chintzy bottle
Decent Rose but a chintzy bottle

2) R, Rosé, Syrah/ Cab Sauvignon, Sevilen, 2012 12.8% £8.95

What a curious bottle! One can only assume this to be aimed at a female market who ‘don’t like wine’ and are generally more inclined to drink alco-pops. If this turns just one of them away from their W.K.D and Apple Sourz, and gets them drinking wine, then well done Sevilen! Ignoring the bizarrely designed bottle, this dark salmon wine was just the sort of rosé that I am reknowned for enjoying. With an initial strawberry nose, this dry wine was smooth, medium bodied and, like the Isabey, well priced.

3) Plato, Kalecik Karasi, Sevilen, 2011, 13.5% £12.50

One of the two indigenous grape varieties of the night (the other being a Okugozu), this was a superb wine, reminiscent of a light and fruity Gamay. With a slight eucalyptus nose and a lively red cherry palate, at this price, a good alternative to a Beaujolais.

 All in all another successful and eye opening night. Thanks extend this week to Purple Teeth for the use of her photos from Facebook and most importantly, being designated driver!

For anyone based in Maidenhead, I am looking to start a local monthly wine tasting group in the new year. If you would be interested in hearing more, please email me your details or come and talk to me on my wine stall and I’ll keep you posted.

2 Replies to “Wines of Turkey (the country, not the bird…that’s to come!)”

  1. Just noticed you have recommended R ros’e Syrah which is indeed a very nice wine from Turkey…can i just say…that im a female..and my purchase was based on the fact that it was unusual to see a wine from Turkey and not the shape or design of the bottle…oh..and not all females drink alcopops… R ros’e Syrah is in fact 13.5% not 12.8% as stated… And can be purchased for £7.99 from Mark & Spencer



    1. Hi Karen, thanks for your comment and update of the price, retailer and current ABV, much appreciated. For £8 thats a great bottle of wine, Im sure you’d agree, I love hearing about people trying new wines. In the same way that you found my comments patronising, I found the packaging, of an otherwise serious and tasty wine, patronising and couldn’t quite fathom why it had to be so… Pink.
      Thanks, Joanne (not all wine bloggers are male)

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