Dual Variety Indigenous Range
Vintage – 2016
Varietal – Pinot Noir 50%, Melnik 50%
ABV – 12.0%
Vineyard – Pinot Noir-Prohorovo, Melnik – Elenovo, Thracian Lowlands
Vintage Conditions

The 2016 harvest was excellent for red wines, one of the best since the renowned 2003. The absence of late spring frosts ensured the uninterrupted development and ripening of the grapes. The spring and early summer was slightly wetter than usual, but not enough to markedly slow ripening or cause illness and defects of the grapes. July and August were dry with a pleasant average temperature of 22°C. Phenolic maturity was achieved with good levels of ripening of the fruit and optimal sugars and acids, giving excellent fruit aromas and expression of the varietal character. The red wines from the 2016 harvest were characterised with a very rich and beautiful colour.

Winemaking

Selected grapes are handpicked and delivered to the winery where they are sorted by hand, destemmed and pressed in basket presses. The two varieties are vinified separately in small 1,000 litre vats. The alcoholic temperature controlled fermentation is carried out with selected yeast, achieving good skin contact by “dipping the cap”. After completion of the alcoholic fermentation, the two wine are blended together for malolactic fermentation.  The wine matures for 8 months in 225 litre French barriques. The clarity of the wine is achieved naturally without the use of any fining agents. Though ready to drink now, the wine has an aging potential for 3-4 years.

Tasting Note

Ruby color with light hints of development. Complex aroma with accents of honey, herbs, black raisins and sweet vanilla. Elegant wine with refinement and soft tannins.

Food Recommendation

Meat dishes, especially beef and lamb, combines well and with wild bird meat and mature cheeses.