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APPELLATION: Sakar Mountain, South Bulgaria
GRAPES: 100% Tamianka, a local indigenous Bulgarian white grape variety, known as one of the most ancient ones that are cultivated on the territory of the country and also some other Balkan countries.
TERROIR: The onshore winds of the Aegean Sea, penetrating through the Maritsa River Valley, provide for a transitional Mediterranean climate, with long hot summer and mild winter, no groundfrost. The region has one of the highest values of sunshine for Bulgaria. The soil types are mostly sandy-clay and maroon, slightly stony, with good permeability and structure.
VINEYARD: A small single vineyard of 1 hectare, dry farmed with no irrigation. Situated on a hilly slope facing south - southwest, upper altitude of 120 m. The temperature amplitudes reach 15-20 ° C. The age of vines is 12 years, Bulgarian plants from a local nursery, training system – double Guyot. The yield is 7 t/ha by 413 plants per ha.
WINEMAKING: All grapes are hand-picked in crates in the morning cool temperature with consideration to the phenolic ripeness, brix, acidity and pH. They are all manually selected and carefully sorted before crushing. Short maceration on skins in the press, gentle pressing (only first fractions are used), low temperature controlled long wild spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts for 7 months (!) in stainless steel tank. After the first post-fermentation racking the wine is aged "sur lie" in the innox for a couple of months. Very gentle clarification and delicate filtration before bottling. The wine is NOT cold-stabilized - natural crystal sediments may appear.
TECHNICAL FACTS: ABV 14%, Total Acidity: 5.10 g/l, Residual Sugars: 3.88 g/l
COLOUR: Light yellow with green hues
NOSE: Attractive and complex, with dominating aromas of geranium and quince, herbs and delicate white flowers.
PALATE: Medium body with a good balance, revealing the same taste aromas combined also with hints of citrus and lychee. Long and noble white with a rich spices and flower notes dominated finish and well balanced refreshing acidity.
FOOD MATCH: Seafood dishes with herbs or citrus sauces, smoked fish, sushi, lightly spiced Asian food, even some desserts like lemon tart or cheesecake.
PRODUCTION: 6185 bottles
AWARDS: Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal Balkan International Wine Competition
WINERY: Bratanov family winery is the result of the hard work and dedication of a father and his sons who embarked on a mission to restore the family wine tradition after a break of 50 years. The winery’s own 24ha vineyards are located on the sunny hills of South Sakar near the village of Shishmanovo, Harmanli region – highly regarded as one of the best terroirs in Bulgaria, and contain the local Bulgarian varieties Rubin, Mavrud and Tamyanka and the international Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. Their winery was established in 2010 where they craft limited batches of wines with minimal intervention, controlling the whole process from the grapes to the bottle. Cherishing their family traditions, Bratanov named a few of their wines after their children – Syrah Elitsa, Chardonnay Beloslava and Rosé Maria. A great asset at their team is the young oenologist Maria Stoeva, who graduated oenology from the Institut de la vigne et du vin “Jules Guyot” in Burgundy, France and came back to Bulgaria to practise her lifelong passion to make terroir driven wines.
|Producer||Bratanov Family Winery|
|Style||Floral & Aromatic|