Vineyard Trip to Barbare Wines!
A boutique wine producer located on the north-west coast of Marmara sea, Barbare Wines took attention of wine lovers by producing first ( and still only ) Southern Rhône style red blends in Turkey.
Firstly, 2009 Barbare Syrah & Grenache & Mourvèdre took place in the market and was appreciated well for its complexity, finesse and balance. Followed by a Châteauneuf-du-Pape blend, 2009 Barbare Elegance is my favorite in their premium selection.
So, we thought it was nice timing to visit the vineyard before harvest!
We met in Taksim square with Tulin Bozuyuk, General Menager of Barbare wines and other wine lovers. It takes nearly 2 and half hour to The Vineyard from Istanbul that we kept on good company together about food, wine as well as Turkish policy and social life at their comfortable shuttle.
The location is quite intriguing that between two big water; Black sea and Marmara sea near to Tekirdag with a delighted view ;906.jpg” class=”alignnone size-full” />
– After alcoholic and malolactic fermentation of the grapes, resulted wines of varietals are aged in mainly French oak except from Grenache wines.
– They use only high quality medium or light toasted Allier and Nevers as French Oak barrel,
– Their wine-making philosophy is minimum intervention in Vinery,
– No carbonic maseration process for any grape varietal,
– They produce their premium level wines to be benefited with bottle-age.
And tasting at the Vinery Cellar;
It was quite surprising and informative tasting experience to understand how barrel ageing process can effect the aroma and texture of the wines.
Than at the vineyard we noticed perfect application of VSP Cordon-trained, Spur-pruned healthy vines and tasted their berries. And also noticed different skin thickness of red grape varieties especially between Grenache ( was obviously thinner ) with Syrah, Cabernet Souvignon, Merlot and Mourvèdre.
– Tulin Bozuyuk states that they have 23 ha total vineyard area and are happy with that size. Instead of extending the vineyard area their aim to apply biodynamic and sustainable viticulture efficiently.
Vineyard area divided to 17 parcels according to sun exposure, drainage, soil type etc.
– Effective Yield Controlling, restricted to 350kg/decare ( ~ < 35hl/ha ),
– No irrigation with exception of Merlot parcels have drip-irrigation system only for excessive drought conditions,
– Sea breezes protect the vineyards to humidity in growing season and related vine diseases, also has warming effect against to frost,
– Attentive vineyard and vinification activities are checked by Xavier Vignon during his monthly visits.
After the vineyard tour, time to barbecue! with local speciality Tekirdag Kofte;