Suvla makes three different versions of its Kınalı Yapıncak: the Suvla Kınalı Yapıncak, the Reserve Kınalı Yapıncak; and now even a Kınalı Yapıncak sparkling wine. While they’re all very different wines; they’re all lovely in their own respect.
I’ve had an earlier vintage of this one but either never made notes or lost them. This one I had again at a dinner party hosted by a friend of mine. An easy-going wine it pairs well with a variety of foods and is therefore a great bottle to bring to a dinner.
Suvla is a family owned wine producer established by Pınar Ellialtı and Selim Zafer Ellialtı in 2003. The vineyards are nestled in the historical Peninsula of Gallipoli, between the North Aegean coast and the Sea of Marmara where they cultivate a wide variety of grapes. The whites include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, and Marsanne. The reds include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Noir, Petit Verdot, and Pinot Noir. In addition Suvla produces several indigenous grape varieties, including Kınalı Yapıncak and Karasakız. In 2013 Suvla switched to organic viticulture. As a result they received a certification of ‘Good Agriculture Practice – GAP’.
Yapıncak is not an easy grape to talk about because it’s rather uncommon. To my knowledge only Suvla and Paşaeli produce it. It is a Turkish grape native to Turkey’s Thrace. I feel that this is a wine made in the vineyard and is terroir-driven. Suvla’s Kınalı Yapıncak and Paşaeli’s Sofuköy Yapıncak, both from 2015, are very different wines.
Suvla Kınalı Yapıncak 2015 Tasting Notes:
While the Suvla Kınalı Yapıncak is a pale, straw yellow it is still, at 13% abv, a wine to be reckoned with. The nose is delectable; redolent of white peaches, flowers, and delicate pastry. The palate is creamy and supple with white flowers and stone fruit with a hint of steely flint.
Really a lovely wine, the Suvla Kınalı Yapıncak is also attractively priced. As with many of Suvla’s wines you’re getting more than you paid for with this one!