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!