This months wine of the month is something a little different, we have two wines from one of the oldest wine making countries in the world.
Bulgaria has been making wine for at least 3000 years since the times of the ancient Thracians and as recently as the 1980’s was the worlds second largest wine producer. Although now overshadowed by the big new world producers Bulgaria still makes some fantastic wines.
The first is the Kotta 299 Sauvignon Blanc, the ‘299’ refers to the altitude of the vineyard which is located near the top of an extinct volcano in the northern Danubian Plains region, a vast fertile plain home to 35% of the countries vineyards.
With its crystal-clear colour of pale greens, KOTTA 299 Sauvignon Blanc is a wine with piquant and fresh aromas of cut grass, typical for the variety. The concentration of tropical fruit and black currant forms a rich taste bouquet and a lingering sensation of freshness.
wine map courtesy of sommelieradomicile.ch
Next is the Stambolovo Estate merlot sourced from the Thracian lowlands, possibly the oldest wine making region in the world. It has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and warm, dry summers.
The wine itself is of seductive taste and charming elegance. Deep red colour of rubies with garnet hues. Rich aromas of ripe forest fruit, baked prunes and caramel. The refined combination of intense, yet soft, taste and the concentrated fruit and vanilla aromas, contribute to the long and pleasing finish.
When they’re gone, they’re gone. So if you fancy something a little different come down and give them a try.