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Winner Details

 Turkey - White

2017 Gold: 1 Silver: 2 Bronze: 3 Commended: 9
2016 Gold: 3 Silver: 1 Bronze: 4 Commended: 5

As we surveyed the burning wreckage of this flight, it was hard not to turn to each other and ask ‘what the hell just happened?’ For several years, we’ve been watching Turkey’s march into the national consciousness, with wines of style and character. And then this… the smallest number of medals for four years.

Faults were part of it, but our tasters were somewhat bewildered by the range of styles on display, too. If in doubt, stick with local grapes, or at least blends mixing international and native grapes, would seem to be the feedback from the floor.

No coincidence, perhaps, that our only Gold was an always-popular Chardonnay/Narince blend. We like Narince…

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘There were a lot of faults in this flight – it wasn’t enjoyable. The wines didn’t even get any better as the prices increased.’ Guillaume Mahaut, ETM Group

‘Turkey should focus on its native varietals, not on international blends.’ Annette Scarfe MW, team leader

‘There is potential in Turkey. I thought the flight was better last year though – this year was disappointing.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club

‘It was a squeeze to get two medals. There was nothing vulgarly oxidised, but there’s an issue with use of sulphur. In terms of grapes, some looked Sauvignon-esque, some looked Gewürzy. If I never find out what they were, my life will carry on as normal.’ Simon Woods, team leader

‘Overall, I was extremely disappointed. They lacked body and richness, and I really struggled to find something I liked. It’s a shame.’ Christopher Delalonde MS, Bleeding Heart Group

 

Award winners

Found 15 wines

Turkey: White

Kavaklidere, Côtes d'Avanos, Chardonnay/Narince 2015, Cappadocia, Turkey

Gold medal winner

Judges were convinced of this Cappadocian’s place on the Gold podium by some tangy fruit and a textured palate. Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky enjoyed its ‘light nose with warm, honeyed tones, elegant and well-balanced palate with good acidity’, while team leader Simon Woods found ‘clean, ripe, gentle pear, and tangy and honest style with a slightly pithy bitterness to the finish’. ‘Bright, refined, elegant and mineral – a match for oysters Rockefeller,’ thought Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin.

£13.79 Connolly's Wine Merchants Ltd

Doluca, DLC, Moskado 2015, Aegean, Turkey

Silver medal winner

Kelvin McCabe of Yauatcha found aromas of ‘lychee, apricot, rose petal and lime’ on this off-dry style of white, and team leader Annette Scarfe MW liked its ‘Viognier-like character, with peach and apricot aromas, lovely concentration of fruit, with good body, texture and length’.

£7.09 Tees

Sevilen, Isabey, Sauvignon Blanc, Izmir 2015, Aegean, Turkey

Silver medal winner

This was ‘very enjoyable’ for Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group, who picked up a ‘vibrant, pleasant nose of yellow plums and a fruity palate with hints of saltiness on the finish’, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club noted its ‘floral, lightly herbal, balsamic aromas with fresh pear and gentle citrus minerality on the palate’.

£8.49 Try Wines

Suvla, Grand Reserve, Roussanne/Marsanne 2015, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey

Bronze medal winner

‘Lots of creamy vanilla oak and a lovely smooth, rich texture on the mid-palate, which has some toasty lees notes,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, finding it ‘complex and long on the palate’, while Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group highlighted its ‘interesting orange blossom and apricot aromas’.

£20.07 Suvla Wines

Kavaklidere, Misket 2015, Aegean, Turkey

Bronze medal winner

A light but characterful style, said Bleeding Heart Group’s Christopher Delalonde MS, noting its ‘dried fruit and flowers on the nose, with notes of honey and blossom, pastry spices and ginger, then a driven palate with aromatic richness, great lift and a refreshing, saline finish’.

£8.62 Connolly's Wine Merchants Ltd

Sevilen, Premium, Chardonnay, Izmir 2014, Aegean, Turkey

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW approved of its ‘generous use of French oak with a creamy mid-palate, sweet cinnamon spice notes with citrus and lime fruit’, while Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group found ‘bruised apple, well-managed oak and a yellow apple and peach fruit-driven character’.

£14.72 Sevilen Sarap A.S (Sevilen Wines)

Kastro Tireli, Narince/Viognier 2015, Aegean, Turkey

Commended medal winner

£8.95 Sonvino

Diren, Collection, Narince 2015, Tokat, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey

Commended medal winner

£5.29 Taste Turkey

Doluca, Kav, Beyaz 2015, Central Anatolia, Turkey

Commended medal winner

£7.41 Tees

Doluca, Sarafin, Sauvignon Blanc, Saroz 2015, Thrace, Turkey

Commended medal winner

£10.40 Tees

Kavaklidere, Selection, Narince/Emir 2013, Central Anatolia, Turkey

Commended medal winner

Kavaklidere, Life, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Aegean, Turkey

Commended medal winner

Sevilen, 900, Fumé Blanc, Güney-Denizli 2015, Aegean, Turkey

Commended medal winner

£16.75 Try Wines

Nif Bağları, Solaris 2016, Aegean, Turkey

Commended medal winner

£15.50 Nif Bağları

Nif Bağları, Chardonnay/Solaris 2016, Aegean, Turkey

Commended medal winner

£15.50 Nif Bağları

 

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