Aya Melnik 55 2020
The manual grape harvest took place on 15 September. Prior to alcoholic fermentation, cold maceration is carried out for 5 days, and the grapes themselves are not crushed and are placed whole grain into the vessels for more gentle extraction. The alcoholic fermentation is carried out at relatively low temperatures in the range of 22-23 C, which favours the preservation of fresh varietal characteristics. Once this has been completed, maceration takes place again, but only for 3 days. The malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vessels, after which the wine is aged in old French 400 litre oak barrels for a period of 15 months.
The colour is ruby red and the aroma is intense, predominantly fruity, with characteristic red fruit nuances. There are subtle hints of coffee and nuts. The palate is soft, with well-structured tannins and a slight sweetness on the finish.
Serving TemperatureCellar temperature
- Red Meats
- Hard Cheese
MaturityReady, but will improve
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AYA Estate Vineyards
AYA Estate Vineyards is a company, the successor of viticultural knowledge for several generations, with over 80 years of experience in artisanal wine production. These traditions determine the direction of the project - the revival of endemic Bulgarian varieties and focusing on the terroir expression of wine, thanks to working with nature, not against it. The main massifs are located in southwestern Bulgaria, in the village of Harsovo, Melnik region, but also have 10 hectares in northeastern Bulgaria, only 2 km from the Black Sea, near Cape Kaliakra, which determines the freshness of white wines produced by Seewines. , especially emblematic of which is Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards in Harsovo, from which the Shiroka Melnishka vine grapes are extracted, are over 50 years old, and the new plantations with Sira, although still young, impress with their potential and the pronounced peppery characteristics of the variety. Seewines follows the principles of biodynamics, both in the vineyards and in the wine production itself, maintains the biodiversity in and around the vineyards and practices the most sparing and environmentally friendly viticulture.All wines of the same producer
The Struma Valley region covers the Southwestern part of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian part of Macedonia. The climate of the region is specific and is highly influenced by the warm currents from the Mediterranean Sea. The main grape varieties here are the local endemic Shiroka Melnishka vine, Melnik 55 (cross between Shiroka Melnishka vine and the French variety Valdigie), but also the international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and others. Due to the dryer climate and the higher temperatures, the wines develop warm southern tones in the aroma, with nuances of ripe fruit and a densely rich body. Of particular interest are the wines from Shiroka Melnik vine, partly due to the fact that the variety is difficult to grow because it ripens in late autumn. Today, the region is the most dynamically developing in Bulgaria, with many new, small, family owned wineries, increasingly focused on the quality and terroir expression of the wines they produce.More wines of this region