Likya Narince 2019

Points : 8,25/10 Price : 105 TL at Mensis Mahzen My first Narince made by Likya Vineyards. The grapes are grown at an altitude of 1,100 metres. Like Chardonnay, there are two kinds of Narince: aromatic and steely when aged in stainless steel or complex and creamy when aged in oak. I’d say it’s more…

The 4 best Turkish Pinots Noirs

Let me present you today the 4 best Turkish Pinots Noirs : Ma’adra Pinot Noir 2018 100 TL at La Cave Ma’adra vineyards is situated near Balıkesir (Ayvalık). If you look at the map, it’s between Çanakkale and Izmir (in the northern part of the Aegean region. On the nose : Cherry, red currant, a…

Likya Vineyards Fume Blanc 2018

Points : 7,5/10 Price : 95 TL Straw yellow colour. On the nose, mineral, floral and citrus aromas. Fresh, medium acidity, quite round but a bit flat. Green lemon, passion fruit, white peach, lemon grass. Short finish. Not thrilled by this wine to be honest.

Likya Acıkara 2018

Points : 8,75/10 Price : 220 TL at Milano Gourmet (don’t go there, they’re way too pricey!) From what I know, only Likya winery is using this fantastic rare indigenous grape. This wine has a wonderful dark purple colour. It’s incredibly flavourful! On the nose, jammy plum, prune, dark cherry, fennel and spices. Rich, medium…

Likya Kızılbel 2017 Merlot Syrah Öküzgözü

Points : 7,25/10 Price : 65 TL at Vinus wine shop. Black berry, blueberry, sweet tobacco and vanilla on the nose. Mature tannins, fruity. Lively acidity. Medium bodied. Young but already round and mature. On the palate, black cherry, red plum, raspberry, black pepper. Caramelised finish with hints of prune. Quite nice for that price….

Likya Araxa Pinot Meunier 2018

Points : 8/10 80 TL at Dekante, Istiniye Park It’s quite hot in Istanbul already and it’s time to have some rosé wine. This one is pretty unusual as it’s made of 100% Pinot Meunier grapes. Pinot Meunier is the lesser known of three grape varieties used to make champagne. As opposed to Chardonnay and…