#Öküzgözü is an other important red indigenus variety in Turkey. #Öküzgözü means “bulls eye” because of its large, black berries.
The wine produced from that grapes are fresh juicy and aromatic reds. #Öküzgözü is a variety consume as table grape and as wine.
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It originates from the province of Elazığ in eastern #Anatolia (Agricultural zone VI, southeast Anatolia). Generally we blend Öküzgözü with Boğazkere variety which comes from same area. Both count amoung most important Turkish reds.
If we look viticultural characteristics; Öküzgözü has large, compact bunches of large black fleshy berries. It is mid to late ripening variety and has good general disease resistance. Berries can reach fairly high sugar levels. Öküzgözü is well suited to clay-loam soils, and dry conditions to grow. In photos you will see the stage of before veraison and after veraison.
Öküzgözü is a widely planted wine grape in Turkey, with 1,656 ha in 2010. It is planted mostly in the provinces of Elazığ and Malatya in southeast Anatolia and, to a lesser extent, in Tunceli (north of Elazığ), Thrace, Cappadocia, Manisa and along the Aegean coast in Denizli Güney plateau.1
The #Öküzgözü vineyards in eastern #Anatolia are planted mostly on sandy-clay soils over limestone. In this area the continental climate is obvious. But because of the Euphrates river and its dams, harsh continental climate is softened in the area. There is also red clay and decomposed granite, are at 850 – 1100 m above sea level.
Öküzgözü varietal wines are generally medium-bodied, juicy, with bright, aromatic fruit flavours, fresh acidity, moderate alcohol and relatively soft tannins and light in colour . Beause of that, this variety generally blend with #Boğazkere which is less acidic and tougher, and more tannic. Please check Boğazkere varietal specification in the other post.
Good oak management (ageing time and new oak percentage) can give good results for this variety also. Recently in the market, you can find #Öküzgözü- KalecikKarası blends. This blend is totally different from #Öküzgözü and #Boğazkere. Öküzgözü -KalecikKarası blend is soft , fresh , juicy fruity, medium acidity, medium body wine. In next days I am going to share tasting videos of some samples from different wineries.
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