Corvus Rarum 2016

Points : 8,5/10

Price : 85 TL at La Cave, 97 TL at Macro Center

Kuntra and Karalahna grapes.

Corvus winery is one of the most famous wineries of Bozcaada, a Turkish island in the North East of the Aegean sea.

The meaning of Corvus in Latin is “crow”. There are so many on the island…

This winery was founded in 2002 with the first vintage delivered in 2004.

The wines produced by Corvus winery are made of international grapes but also of local grapes like Öküzgözü, Boğazkere, Emir which are not indigenous to the island or like Çavuş, Vasilaki, Kuntra and Karalahna which are grown here and indigenous to Bozcaada.

Those last two are the grapes used to make this bottle of Corvus Rarum.

I know Kuntra (also called Karasakız) quite well but I’m not at all familiar with Karalahna.

Kuntra (or Karasakız) is fruity and light with low tannins.

Now, Karalahna (which means by Black Cabbage by the way) is much stronger, more tannic with a higher acidity.

Let’s see the result of this union!

On the nose, I got red and black fruits, some sweet spices and also some notes of herbs and coffee.

It’s medium full bodied with soft tannins and a medium acidity. The fruits, the acidity and the tannins, it’s very well integrated. A very good balance!

On the palate, I got flavours of blueberry, blackberry, prune, raisins and some smoky notes.

It’s like the two grapes gave birth to a new one with its own identity.

I really liked it and the price at La Cave is fair.

It should pair nicely with some good kebabs.

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