#Boğazkere is tannic but potentially high-quality, quite common #Turkish local variety. The berry color is violet – black.
#Boğazkere means “burns the throat”, “throat scratcher” or “throat burner” . Variety has marked tannins.
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Viticultural characteristics; #Boğazkere is mid to late ripening. It is best suited to hot, dry climates but shows good cold resistance. #Boğazkere does well in poor, porous, calcareous-clay soils. Variety likes at higher altitudes cooler nights. It has small berries with thick skins and good general disease resistance. #Boğazkere grapes generally have medium to high levels of acidity and can also reach high sugar levels.
#Boğazkere is found mainly in the Çermik and Çüngüş districts of Diyarbakır, agricultural zone VI south-east Anatolia. Also in the neighbouring provinces of Elazığ and Malatya as well as further to the south west in the province of Gaziantep. Total plantings in Turkey in 2010 were 1,486 ha. 1
Increasing popularity of variety has encouraged growers in western Anatolia to plant it, both on the Denizli, Güney plateau in south-western Turkey and further north and west in Manisa. Degrees of success is changing. 1
Wines made from #Bogazkere are not very deeply coloured, and have marked tannins, flavours of dark or dried fruit, and moderate acidity. If you let it ferment with skin and seed too long, wine can be rather rustic or harsh. But the best develop complex, earthy flavours such as leather and tobacco. Ageing in bottle will help tannins calm down with time.
Barrel aging and bottle ageing is possible. The variety ages well in oak and is often blended with Turkey’s other widely planted indigenous variety, #Öküzgözü, which has softer tannins and fresher acidity. 1
#Bogazkere has similarity with #Tannat variety because of tannins.
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Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, Jose Vouillamoz, Wine Grapes, page 119 and 120.