Pasaeli Çalkarası Blush
The Çalkarasi grape is native to Çal in south-western Turkey and typically used to make soft, light reds or more often rosé wines. Pasaeli’s grapes are harvested by hand from a single 30-year-old vineyard. Very pale salmon colour, it is very fresh and light with red fruit flavours and a savoury, dry finish.
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From a single vineyard at an altitude of 850 meters. So days are warm but nights are cool which help to preserve acidity. Kept with the skins for an hour and a half it has a light salmon colour. It was fermented at 18C for 15 days. It was kept “sur lie” for 3 months with 2 “batonnage” a week to increase complexity of the wine. It is a 100% Çalkarası. It is a pleasant wine balanced with good acidity and a long finish.
Paşaeli is a family owned estate that was founded by Seyit Karagözoğlu in 2000. Recognizing the potential of Kaynaklar (near Izmir) as an area of exceptional viticultural promise, and with the help of an Italian based friend and consultant Andrea Paoletti, he took on the challenge. After careful site studies and mapping, the appropriate rootstocks and varieties (with appropriate clones) were chosen and a vineyard was planted in March of 2002. Serez vineyard is located 20 km from İzmir. Its warm Aegean climate is balanced with cool night airs that are chanelled from near by Nif Mountain. It is a site that is perfectly suited to big Bordeaux style wines. The wines reflect the terroir that is Kaynaklar, the warm Aegean climate delivering rich, mature fruit with ripe rounded tannins. Paşaeli wines emphasize fruit intensity, and balance. Lush and enticing upon release, they will age well for a number of years and will continue to develop complexity with cellaring.