As part of a wine tasting with Şarap Atölyesi I had the opportunity to taste the Selendi Moralı 2015 which came on the market only this summer (2016).
Selendi, one of Turkey’s Aegean wineries, is based in Akhisar province of Manisa (near Izmir). It has vineyards in various locations and often names its wines for the village where the vineyards are. The grapes for the Moralı were grown in the villages of Sarnıç and Moralı.
After six months in French oak barrels, this Grenache, Mourvèdre, Merlot, and Cinsault blend is a very European-influenced wine; but the earth (toprak) and sun (güneş) are all Turkey.
Selendi Moralı 2015 Tasting Notes:
This was a medium-bodied wine with 13.7% abv and a purply-red color that reflected how young it is and thick, slow legs.
The nose-wow where do I start. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. There was lots of green (bell) pepper, smoke, petrol, vanilla, and red and black berries. After a nose like that I was a little disappointed with the palate. Relatively high acid with light tannins and a medium finish it was somehow both complex and thin.
This is still a pretty young wine. I think it needs a couple more years in the bottle for the body to catch up to the promise the nose made. If that happens then this will be one heck of a wine.