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Mar 04
Friday

Istanbul Eats Drinks: 2007 Umurbey Sauvignon Blanc

Filed under Reviews (Drinks), Wine

An affordable trip to New Zealand can be had by simply visiting your nearest wine shop in Istanbul and asking for a bottle of the Turkish-made Umurbey sauvignon blanc. Made from the same grapes that have helped put whites from New Zealand on the wine map, this local alternative is successful enough that in a blind tasting it would be no surprise if professionals confuse the Umurbey sauvignon blanc with similar and better-known wines from New Zealand, Chile or South Africa.

The Umurbey vineyards, planted in 1993, sit 200m above sea level and five kilometers from the seaside, in Yazır village to the west of Tekirdağ, in Turkey’s Thrace regoin. The clay and sandy earth there provide perfect conditions for growing chardonnay, semillion, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah grapes. The grapes, picked at the end of August, are harvested by hand and carried with the utmost care to the winery.

I tried the 2007 and found it a surprisingly lively wine. Continue…


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