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06 November 2016

Judging Turkish wines in Izmir

For the past three days I have been in Izmir in Turkey judging Turkish wines in a very well organized format, together with Isa Bal MS, Dilek Caner MW and other old and new wine friends like Umay Ceviker, Ayhan Guleyen, Serdar Balkaya and Tugba Altinoz among others. In total, approximately 240 wines were tasted and I am happy to say that I tasted quite a few really good, exciting and definitely complex terroir - driven wines. 

I have visited also, fantastic in concept, wineries like Urla and I plan to come back on that and on my overall impressions on Turkish wines and the progress that has been achieved so far. For now however, I would like to communicate the wines that scored above 92 points and are regarded as the Gold medals winners. 


  • Chamlija Thracian Chardonnay 2014
  • Doluca Sarafin Chardonnay 2014
  • Pamukkale Nodus Narince 2013
  • Likya Arykanda Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Chamlija Chardonnay 2014

Reds - Bdx blends

  • Chamlija Cabernet Franc 2014
  • Vinkara Mahzen CS-M-Syrah 2013
  • Chateau Nuzun CS-M-Syrah-PN 2012
  • Chateau Nuzun Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Likya Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
  • Chamlija Istranca 2013
  • Sarafin Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • Kavaklidere Cabernet Franc 2013


  • Chateau Nuzun 2012
  • Kavaklidere Pendore 2012
  • Suvla Reserve 2012


Indigenous varieties

  • LA Antre Okuzgozu-Bogazkere 2014
  • Kayra Imperial Okuzgozu 2013
  • Urla Nero d'Avola - Urla Karasi 2014

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