Yesterday was the Colmore Food Festival in Victoria Square, Birmingham. The weather was overcast with a little bit of rain at the end. However we managed to create a degustation lunch with wine provided by Loki Wine. Below is the gallery of dishes and wines.
We differed in wine choice - though we both decided I managed to have the better of the wines. I went for a Turkish Kalecik Karasi while my partner went for a high altitude Argentine Malbec. As part of the final dessert we had our second glass of wine. My partner went for a Prosecco (he’s never purposefully had it before!) while I went for an Innocent Bystander Moscato.
As we enjoyed the Turkish wine so much we popped along to Loki Wines in the Great Western Arcade and bought a bottle. This then became last night’s wine with our meal of duck, kale & couscous. So the wine was a 2017 Kalecik Karasi from the region of Anatolia by Kayra
In the glass this wine has a translucent indigo colour with a clear rim. It has a good amount of slow running legs.
On the nose are primary flavours of fig, raisin, raspberry, red cherry, strawberry jam, tangerine, balsamic vinegar and celery. Secondary flavour are yoghurt and biscuit with the whiff of spent match smokiness bringing in tertiary flavour.
On tasting this wine has good mouthfeel with an initial brown sugar sweetness giving way to a spicy pipe tobacco astringency with strong but not unpleasant tannins. They wine has good body with a mild alcohol burn. It ends on a long flavour of savouriness particularly chicory.
This is an accomplished wine which went very well with the duck and kale accompaniment. For a new wine region and new grape type this wine was a very pleasant find. It has good similarities to a young Pinot Noir and for such diehards this would be a good wine and grape to explore.