Seyit Karagözoglu, Sidalan, 6 Bottle Case, 75cl
Equivalent Bottle Price £15.79
A fascinating organic wine is pale straw yellow with aromas of honeysuckle and apricot, the palate is herbal and peppery with a creamy texture. Smooth and balanced with a pleasant finish, this wine is interesting and with character.
Wine importer Seyit Karagözoglu founded Pasaeli in 2000, and after much research found two ideal vineyard sites in Kaynaklar, Izmir, and Hosköy, Tekirdag, with the first vines planted in 2002. The former is deemed to be suited to Bordeaux varieties, the latter to native grapes, which have existed in the region for centuries. It is these indigenous varieties of Anatolia and Thrace that Pasaeli protects from the march of internationalisation, as though the Turkish wine industry has expanded greatly in recent years it has usually been off the back of international varieties rather than the native grapes that were being consigned to the past. Over the last seventeen years, Seyit has acquired new little vineyards in different parts of Turkey and played a big role in the revival of these lost varieties, earning international acclaim in the process.