18 Dec Rare Varieties: Melnik 1300 Jubilee and Ruen
We are happy to announce our new brand “Rare Varieites”, a premium series of almost-extinct indigenous grape varieties, which we have preserved in our vineyards. We present to you two wines with unique, unmistakable character: Melnik Jubilee 1300 and Ruen.
Together with their more popular “brother”, Melnik 55 (Early Melnik Vine), there two varieties are “children” of the Broad-Leaved Melnik Vine (late ripening). Ruen is a crossing between Broad-leaved Melnik Vine and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Melnik 1300 Jubilee is a crossing between Broad-leaved Melnik Vine and the renowned Georgian variety Separavi. All of these varieties are known under the common name Melnik, but they are actually one family comprised of several closely-related, yet unique varieties.
In 1950-60, such crossings were created in several Bulgarian centers of viticulture studies and experimentation, the closest being the one in Sandanski. The aim was to create more commercially-viable varieties. Broad-leaved Melnik was known as a very sturdy variety, which can give very high yields, but also a late ripening one (end of September, beginning of October, and in some instances even late October). It gave lighter in terms of body and color wines. The newly created varieties, on the other hand, have smaller grapes with more intense color. The ripen significantly earlier (before the end of September) and create more fuller-bodied wines.
Villa Melnik’s mission is to bring back the glory of indigenous Bulgarian varieties from the Melnik family. Our mission is to preserve and revive local grapes and to create world-class wines from them for the enjoyment of Bulgarian and foreign winelovers alike. With our new brand, Rare Varieties, we are taking the lead as the experts in local grapes.
RARE VARIETIES: MELNIK 1300 JUBILEE
Variety: Melnik Jubilee 1300, a unique local grape
Alcohol: 14.5 % vol.
Winemaking: The wine is made from carefully selected grapes. Aged 12 months in new oak barrels.
Tasting notes: Wine with profoundly deep inky, deep purple-black color. The aroma is immensely deep and complex – exotic flowers, sandalwood, black fruit, plums, blackberries, ripe raspberries, licorice, chocolate, mocha. The body is balanced with round, ripe tannin and marked acidity.
Long and noble aftertaste. Fine wine with a long aging potential. For connoisseurs and wine collectors.
Food pairings: barbeque ribs, meats in sweet-and-sour sauces, pork with fruit chutney, beef or lamb with blackberry sauce, caramelized sauces
Serving tips: 18-20о С, decant 1 hour before drinking
Limited edition of 2268 bottles.
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Rare Varieties: Melnik 1300 Jubilee won silver medal at Mundus Vini 2018, Germany
RARE VARIETIES: RUEN 2015
Variety: Ruen, a unique local grape
Alcohol: 14 % vol.
Winemaking: The wine is made from carefully selected grapes. Aged 18 months in new oak barrels.
Tasting notes: Intense, vibrant brick color. The aroma is expressive of red fruit and green forest – cherries, sour cherries, cassis, as well as a leafy component with hints of fern, eucalyptus, cedar wood, and grapevine leaves.
The body is medium, with delicious freshness and ripeness and a long finish that leaves you craving more. Fine wine with a long aging potential. For connoisseurs and wine collectors.
Food pairings: game meat, pheasant, partridge; mature yellow cheeses ; fatty fish – carp, foggers, salmon
Serving tips: 17-19о С, decant 1 hour before drinking
Limited batch of 1715 bottles.
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