Chapter 2.6. General View on Wine

I haven’t posted anything in a while ….lack of time and did not find any notable wines to write about ….however:

I have found a Bulgarian Wine ( red ) from Katarzyna Estate .

1382984_10151724700203178_994304202_nKatarzyna Estate

Katarzyna Estate vineyards are located only a few kilometers from the Thracian tomb Mezzek (4-3 century BC.), Which gives the name of the wine series Mezzek. Inspired by the Thracian legends, wine Katarzyna Estate of creating a modern interpretation of the story of the Thracian wine.

This particular wine I’ve tasted this week-end was a red , 2012 Mavrud grapes 100% , 14.5 % alc. content from the above mentioned estate.I have to admit that at first it made a strong impression considering the color , the “church windows” it had on the glass and the alcohol content . The wine had to be left to oxidate in order to have the right “nose” however I was not impressed at the end . Moreover , this particular wine gave Me a strong headache ( I have to mention that I only drink reds over 13.5 % to 14,5 % so this should have never been an issue ) and I suspect that maybe the wine has been tempered with….or something….I have saved a last half a glass for the next evening ( this is what I sometimes do just to see how the wine changes ) and I still was not very impressed , including another headache…..The bottle was well presented with a simple yet elegant label , the cork was average…Well…

Mavrud, or Mavroudi as it is known in Greece, is a dark-skinned grape variety of Bulgarian origin. Its precise provenance is generally accepted to be Asenovgrad, an appellation (or controliran) in the West Thracian Valley of southern Bulgaria.

The low-yielding, late-ripening vine produces small, almost black fruit with thick skins. The grape’s name is derived from the Greek mavro, meaning black, which is appropriate, as the wines it produces usually are of an inky color. They also have pronounced tannins and excellent acidity, with an abundance of stewed-fruit flavors on the palate which gives a glycerol mouth-feel. It also has a herbal characteristic, giving the wine a medicinal finish. It certainly does not lack character.

It is not easy to procure Mavrud in its pure form. Plantings are diminishing in Bulgaria in favour of the more recognizable Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, while in Greece it is mostly blended with varieties such as Agiorgitiko, Limnio and Mavrotragano.


Synonyms include: Mavroud, Mavroudi.

Food matches include:
Europe: Meat patties (keftethes)
Asia: Beef yakitori
Australasia/Oceania: Meat pies and tomato sauce (ketchup)


Casa Regala Merlot

Dry, full bodied, generous wine, with a purple hue, this wine is distinctive and has a strong berry flavour. Calcareous soils in Măcin area give Merlot a unique flavour that highlights its best features. Velvety bouquet, with light touches of tannin and intense, impressive flavour give the wine a distinct nobility.

You can pair it with fat game, mutton, pork or with consistent, fermented cheese.
Recommended serving temperature: 15-18° C.

Merlot is a dry red wine, which flies the flag for Sarica-Niculiţel Vineyard. It has a purple hue, is astringent and tannic, imposing itself by the softness that only the finest wines have. The delicate scent and flavour are reminiscent of those of forest fruits. As it grows older, Merlot develops an aromatic bouquet and persistent aftertaste.

 Macin Vineyards

At the foot of Măcin Mountains lay Măcin wine center’s vineyards. Going from North to Sounth through Măcin, Greci, Carcaliu and Cerna, they form a line somewhat parallel with the Old Danube.
The volcanic rock, the limestone and the loess, together with the mist that lays on the old branch of the Danube (Măcin branch), give birth to terroir, the local wine with a very specific personality.

In Măcin area is produced now a wide range of wines, which bear the impression of their birth place, have an original presentation and an excellent value for price. The wine’s journey begins at Alcovin Măcin, in Tulcea county. The Dobrujan Wine Cellar and Terente’s Vintry – with their traditional menus, wine tastings and wines from Carcaliu and Cerna vineyards – are included in the tourist circuit.
From all the white wines, Aligoté – a French wine, originally – has become a trademark for Sarica Niculițel Vineyard. Dry, heavy, mineral, with a strong scent of earth and flowers in its youth, Aligoté is an excellent match for a lunch with fresh Danube fish and goat cheese or sheep cheese.


Our range of white wines is completed with Fetească Regală and Tămâioasă Românească (Romanian breeds) and also with Sauvignion Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Muscat Ottonel, international breeds with notable results in Romanian vineyards. The red wines produced in Măcin are Fetească Neagră, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignion and Pinot Noir.

In My humble opinion , since this has not been marked with a year on the bottle (…guess it’s a 2011 / 2012 … ) , this Merlot of only 12.5 % alc. content , should have been left a little bit more in order to settle down. The wine is more than ok , without being as sophisticated as Rapsod Merlot from Rotenberg Winery , it has some potential and I’ll look around for a second bottle in a year or two ….

Just so You know..I’ve spoken with a very good friend from Bulgaria and I have been promised a couple of bottles of some upscale red Bulgarian wine…I’ll keep You posted !

Published on November 25, 2013 at 08:45  Comments (5)  

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