Paşaeli, Şarköy Yapıncak 2021 Trakya

17

Full bottle 1,292 g. Yapıncak is an indigenous variety that is native to the town of Şarköy and its surrounding villages in Thrace. The fruit of this wine comes from vines aged 50+ years in Şarköy at 200 m. The vineyard faces the Sea of Marmara (3 km inland from the sea) and is open to the winds blowing from the sea. Harvested 29 September, pressed with whole clusters. It was fermented at 18 °C for 21 days, mainly in stainless-steel tank but 10% was barrel-fermented in French oak barrels. Aged on its fine lees for 3 months with lees-stirring twice a week, and part (10%) barrel-aged for 3 months. 
Scented with grapefruit and clementine and just a touch of herbs and pepperiness as well as a sweet creaminess though it is a dry wine. Really fragrant in this vintage but still has a stony mineral character, particularly on the palate. Complex mix of aromas and then a sour saltiness on the palate giving lots of freshness but still marked by citrus. The fruit ripeness or the higher alcohol giving a richer, fuller body than I recall from the 2020. Highly distinctive in that mix of fruit/scented and mineral/salty, suggesting a wine that will evolve in the glass and in the bottle if given the chance. Long finish with just a hint a definite texture and slight creaminess from the touch of oak and the lees influence. (JH)

Producer
Paşaeli
Cuvée
Şarköy
Grape variety
Yapıncak
Appellation
Trakya
Region
Turkey
Country
Colour
White
Alcohol
13.5%
Score
17
When to drink
2022
2026
Published on
10 May 2022
Date tasted
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