Category Archives: Sultaniye

Pamukkale Sole and Diamond

I recently saw an Instagram post from Pamukkale showing several new wines and I had to try them. I’m a bit of a magpie and am attracted to shiny/sparkly objects so the label of the new Pamukkale Sole line attracted me right away. And for 16 TL how can you go wrong?

Pamukkale Sole

Normally Pamukkale is not one of my go-to producers. For one thing they’re responsible for Sava which is one of the cheapest wines available here and gives a bad name to vinegar. However since I can’t afford to spend 90+ TL on every bottle of wine I drink I am always looking for quality inexpensive wines. I don’t promise huge quality here, but the white Pamukkale Sole, which is a dry Sultaniye, was pretty quaffable.

Pamukkale Sole

Brilliant gold in the glass the Pamukkale Sole was very aromatic with a nose of flowers and tropical fruits. It was a little flabby; there was not a lot of acid to balance the flavor which became a problem as the wine warmed up so serve this right out of the refrigerator and you’ll still get the tropical flavors without the lack of acid making things awkward.

If you decide to give the Pamukkale Sole a try make sure you drink it within a few months of purchasing it and you store it out of the light. Clear bottles like this provide no protection for the wine inside opening the wine to major sun damage.

The Diamond is another newish line from Pamukkale and also only 16 TL a bottle (The Cave) it was not a horrible wine. I bought it a bit on impulse but then was reluctant to open it; I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Pamukkale Diamond

In the glass it was a rather beautiful color: brilliant clear wheat-gold. I’m not sure what the grape in the Diamond is because I am no where near that good yet (possible another Sultaniye-Pamukkale seems to like this grape) but whatever it was has a very fruity nose. There wasn’t a great deal of finish to this but the mouthwatering acid and dry, slightly oaky finish balanced well with the citrus, tropical, apple and floral flavors.

Pamukkale Diamond

Is this even in the top 20 white wines I’ve tried this summer? No. But will you embarrass yourself if you take it to a party? Also no. For 16 TL it’s really perfectly drinkable.

Senfoni Sultaniye Sweet

Pamukkale Senfoni Sultaniye Sweet 2013

I have now had and written about the Pamukkale Senfoni Sek and Domi Sek. I’ve always quite liked the domi sek but I never tried the full-on Senfoni Sultaniye sweet. Until now.

Sweet wines pair beautifully with spicy food which is one of the reasons I find myself eating a lot of çiğ köfte; they go well with the oh-so quaffable Miskets I like to drink in the summer. Assuming that a sweet Sultaniye grape would pair just as nicely I decided to try the Senfoni Sultaniye Sweet when I made blacked salmon a few weeks ago. It was a good choice.

The color of pale hay with green lights, this wine was as pretty as it was quaffable. The nose, full of florals, mango, and pineapple was a promise to be fulfilled by the taste. The tropical fruits and flowers lent themselves to a an easy to drink, not overly sweet wine that was smooth and refreshing on the tongue.

Why don’t I drink this more? I should, especially at 25TL a bottle it, and Pamukkale’s other Senfonis, are a steal. Now that spring has really and finally arrived in Istanbul I will be drinking more white wines. Although considering the backlog of posts I have about red ones one would never know that I’m trying to switch to white now!

Oh sweet white wines, I love you.

Kavaklidere Sultaniye

I took a shot on this one and picked it up at Carrefour a few weeks ago. I’d been avoiding it because it seemed somehow, well frankly it looked like it wasn’t going to be a winner. Was I wrong! Unlike the Pamukkale Sultaniye I reviewed ages ago, the Kavaklidere Sultaniye is not a straight up dry white but a semi sweet; and it was lovely.

The super pale lemony yellow color and floral and hay notes in the nose were promising. Sultaniye is  known for a flavor profile that includes: asparagus, pear, pineapple, mango, floral, lemon, golden and green apples, and hay. In this Kavaklidere Sultaniye, the floral flavors were really pronounced but I was also clearly tasting the pineapple, hay, and green apple. And while this is a semi-sweet; it really is just semi. There was nothing desserty or overwhelmingly saccharine about it at all. The Kavaklidere Sultaniye also went really well with the walnut/grape/dried cranberry chicken salad I made. The pairing really seemed to bring out the mango in the wine which I thought was a bit odd.

The Kavaklidere Sultaniye semi-sweet (yarı tatlı) is definitely going to be a repeat offender in my apartment!

Pamukkale Senfoni Dry Sultaniye

I am becoming a huge fan of the folks making wine over at Pamukkale. I think this is the fourth wine of theirs I’m reviewing? And so far every one of them has been a win. A few weeks ago I reviewed the semi-dry so this week it’s the Pamukkale Senfoni dry Sultaniye.

Like the semi-dry, the Pamukkale Senfoni dry Sultaniye was a hair sweeter than I’d expect from a pure dry wine but it was definitely a far cry from being sweet. Floral and oaky on the nose and a pleasing goldeny color, the Pamukkale Senfoni dry Sultaniye was nice before I even had my first sip. And after that I wanted another!

I talk a lot about how wine feels on the tongue which is something I don’t think is discussed often enough in tastings. If someone had forewarned me that the Sade was effervescent I’d never have tried it. No worries here though as this Pamukkale Senfoni dry Sultaniye was very silky and just a little viscous on the tongue.

The flavor held hints of oak but not so much as to offend my Chardonnay hating palate. I thought I was tasting some honey and melon but those are apparently not included in the Sultaniye grape flavor profile. The internet said I should be tasting: asparagus, pear, pineapple, floral, mango, lemon, golden and green apples, and hay. So not so much.

Much like the Terra Narince this slipped down quite nicely and before I knew it there was only one glass left, which I just managed to put away for another day.

Kavakalidere’s Sade Sultaniye Emir

I’ve had the Sultaniye grape a few times now but haven’t experience the Emir. And, frankly, because Kavakalidere’s 2012 Sade Sultaniye Emir was a less expensive wine I went for it. I won’t make this mistake again.

The Sade Sultaniye Emir was very pale in color, almost colorless really until the light hit it showing a pale yellow color with hints of green. The nose was rather pleasant. In fact it smelled green, not in a grassy way but in a kind of green apple way. I also caught some floral and oak tones in the nose.

It was in the flavor where the Sade Sultaniye Emir lost me. It was buttery and oaky. It wasn’t so much Chardonnay adjacent as it was very much almost just exactly like a Chardonnay. Shudder. It was also tingly on the tongue which, looking back, was probably some of the Emir’s characteristic minerality showing through. While that may be an interesting flavor aspect in another wine, in the Sade Sultaniye Emir it really just created a feeling of acidic effervescence.

It did win points for having a screw cap though! I love me a screw cap wine. That alone didn’t save it though. This is the first wine I’ve reviewed so far that was just all the way a no for me. Trust me; let me take this hit for you and don’t drink this.