Bratanov 3 Blend 2018 2018
Cabernet Franc 50%, Merlot 40%, Ruby 10%, the wine was created by Maria Stoeva - enologist of Bratanov winery.
The own plantations of Cabernet Franc (single vineyard 3 ha), Merlot (single vineyard 10 ha) and Ruby (single vineyard 1 ha) are part of a vineyard of 22 ha with several other varieties, created in the period 2006-2008 on the south-western slopes of the Sakar Mountains, the land of the village. Shishmanovo, municipality of Harmanli, locality Armutluka.
This is the fourth vintage of the red 3-blend and the second with a completely wild fermentation. 3-Blend Merlot & Cabernet Franc & Ruby 2013 is one of the first wines that oenologist Maria Stoeva put together after joining the team in 2015. This wine is Sakar's answer to the classic Bordeaux Blend, in which the spice of the Petit Verdot is replaced with the indigenous Ruby variety. The proportions between the three varieties vary from vintage to vintage, with the aim in making the blend being a wine with complexity, balance, authentic character and ageing potential.
- Black Currant
Serving TemperatureCellar temperature
- Red Meats
- Hard Cheese
MaturityReady, but will improve
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The Bratanov family cellar is located near the village of Shishmanovo, South Sakar. In the period 2006-2008, they planted 24 hectares of their own vineyards with the classic varieties Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, as well as with the local Rubin and Tamianka, in order to restore the hereditary viticulture tradition after a 50-year break. The terrain is located on sunny hills, and the nearby river Maritsa and the winds penetrating along it from the Aegean Sea form an almost Mediterranean climate. The winery has an experimental spirit, uses different methods of winemaking and is not afraid to use spontaneous, "wild" fermentation. Since 2015, the chief oenologist in the winery is a young oenologist Maria Stoeva, who graduated in Dijon, France, who together with the owners focuses on wines that best reflect the characteristics of the terroir and have a strong personality.All wines of the same producer
In this region, which includes Southern Bulgaria, the climate is temperate continental protected from northern winds thanks to Stara Planina, with good rain distribution. It includes the central parts of the Thracian lowland and parts of Sakar. Most of the red grape varieties are concentrated in this area. Mavrud, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Muscat, Pamid and others are grown. The climatic conditions of the region favour the production of rich, dense, memorable red wines, especially from the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Mavrud. Good wines from the local variety Mavrud are especially valued for their aroma and taste of small red fruits, spices and herbs.More wines of this region
Cabernet Franc is a black-skinned French wine grape variety, most famously known as one of the grapes of classic Bordeaux Blend, where it adds herbaceous accents of tobacco and dark spice. Its varietal wines are light to medium bodied and often show vegetal characteristics, in particular green bell peppers.More wines of the same variety
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