Sevilen, Nativus, Kalecik Karasi
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The Sevilen winery was founded by Bulgarian immigrant Isa Güner in 1942, who convinced by Turkey’s potential for producing quality wines, purchased four hectares of land in Izmir and began planting vineyards. His passion for the land led him to name his fledgling business Sevilen, meaning ‘Beloved’. Expansion took a step change under his sons, Gökhan and Coflkun, who joined the business in 1958, growing the holdings to 50 hectares. Now run by the third generation of the Güner family, Sevilen own a total of 160 hectares of vineyards and demonstrate a level of ambition that has positioned them as one of Turkey’s most significant high-quality wine producers.
Up front this has plenty of cherry and red berry fruit, followed by rich notes of plums and dark chocolate. The soft tannins so typical of this grape variety are present on the mid-palate and the finish is lifted by a fresh acidity and a touch of spice.