Versus Öküzgözü Kayra 2015


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Kayra is producing premium wines from the Anatolia region -considered to be the birthplace of wine- and is at the cutting edge of winemaking in this diverse nation. The wines are made from unique and intriguing local varieties. These indigenous varieties, whilst being ancient to Turkey are now being vinified using modern techniques and are producing award winning results. Anatolian grapes, along with international varieties, are planted in the best sites following the philosophy of terroir. The vineyards and wineries have been significantly invested in. The Elzi? winery, located in Eastern Anatolia was established in 1942 and is dedicated entirely to the production of red wines. The ?arköy Winery in Thrace was built in 1996 and embraces a cellar for 1200 barrels, reserved for the ageing of special cuvées. Under the guidance of consultant winemaker Daniel O’Donnell, it is Kayra’s aim to reveal the true potential of Turkey and to bring their rich history and generous spirit to lovers of fine wine.


The wines from the Kayra Versus vineyard are a reflection of the viticulture and wine crafting in modern day Turkey. Grown in Alpagut, just a stone’s throw from the Mamara Sea, the indigenous Öküzgözü vines (pronounced “Oh-kuz-goe-zu”), are planted on south facing slopes with pebble and draining clay soils. These vines are now reaching a maturity level which is demonstrating what they have to offer. The vines are handpicked at optimum maturity levels.


A philosophy of minimum intervention was carried out in the winery, so that the vineyard expresses all its true potential. The grapes were carefully hand sorted and fermented with meticulous detail and measured intervention. Following the fermentation, the wine was aged for a period of 19 months, with 20% aged in new oak and 80% in neutral oak. The focus was to achieve a wine with balance and liveliness.


A complex nose of rhubarb, cassis and blackberry preserve are combined with subtle overtones of allspice and hazelnut and an intruiging note of pine forest. A concentrated and powerful wine full of high toned red fruits and a long finish.