Kalecik Karası is one of our best known wine grape variety in Turkey. Very fruity, fresh, medium to light bodied and relatively early drinking wine is produced from this variety. Some wineries have a good success with rose wine also…
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Kalecik Karası, the “black of Kalecik” or “black from small castle” originates Kalecik district near Ankara in central Turkey, most likely from the vineyards along river Kızılırmak. The variety is also planted further south and west on the Denizli, Güney plateau and to a lesser extent in Kapadokya (Cappadocia), Trakya (Thrace), Manisa (in the Aegean region) and Konya (Central South Anatolia).1
The vine stocks are planted at around 600-900 m above sea level, generally on the steep slopes above the River Kızılırmak in Ankara. That means, the nights are cold but the winters are relatively mild. Plantings have now reached around 3500 ha and the trend towards higher yields. Planting on the valley floor had a negative effect on quality in the last ten years in #Kalecik district in Ankara.1
What is the viticultural characteristics of Kalecik Karası? It has compact, conic clusters of medium-sized berries with medium thick skins. Mid ripening and productive. Variety is susceptible to botrytis bunch rot. Kalecik Karası variety has 1-2 seeds and round berry form. It is reddish black color grapes.2 As you see in photo.
Wines made from Denizli- Güney (at around 700-900m above sea level in the Aegean region) terroir grapes give very fruity, fresh and aromatic rose and red wines. Especially raspberry, red fruits, candy aromas easy to find. In wine process this variety is easy to oxidize. For that reason if the producer do not care about, unfortunately the color, smell and taste of the wine can be quite disappointing.
Wines made from Kalecik Karası variety is not preferred to age in barrel generally, especially new oak can be very strong effect on medium to light body. But the good oak management (ageing time and new oak percentage) can give good results.
I would like to give a clue; the wine which is made from Kalecik Karası grapes shows similarity to Pinot Noir variety!
I taste different wines from different wineries and share with you in next weeks one by one. In Turkish wine part of the blog you are going to see tasting notes for Kalecik Karası wines or click the links below!
I would love to hear from you! So don’t forget to leave your comments, questions and suggestions & never forget drinking in moderation!
Robinson, J, Harding, J., Vouillamoz, J., Wine Grapes. page 492.
Tekirdag Viticultural Research Station, http://www.bagcilik.gov.tr