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Young & Crazy Broadleaf Melnik, Villa Melnik 2017
Red Wine from Bulgaria
The broad-leaved Bulgarian melnik grape has made a succulent, red-fruited and gloriously gluggable wine from it. Great with a pizza or simply on its own.
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- Red Wine
- 13.5% Alcohol
- No oak influence
- Drinking now
Nikola Zikatanov, owner of the Villa Melnik estate and winery, is a local, born and bred in the village across the road from the winery and steeped in a family tradition of grape growing and winemaking.
He and his wife Lyubka built the winery and planted the 30 hectares of vineyards with local varieties, particularly the native broad leaf melnik, melnik 55, mavrud, tamyanka, keratsuda, and sandanski misketas well as more recognisable international varieties like cabernet sauvignon, syrah, pinot noir, sangiovese, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier.
The climate here is pretty much Mediterranean, and among the warmest, sunniest parts of Bulgaria, air conditioned by breezes sliding down the slopes of nearby mountains. Sandy soils allow excellent drainage for the vines too, which see no pesticides whatsoever as part of a sustainable farming regime.
A new, state-of-the-art winery was opened in 2013, built on three levels sunk into the hillside so that gravity does the work gently and with energy efficiency. More recently, Nikola and Lyubka were delighted when their daughter Militza joined this family business.
2017 vintage reviews
Bulgaria was oncebest known for its rough cabernet sauvignons but is now turning to nativegrapes such as this melnik. Juicy and fresh, it makes very easy glugging withroast duck with Bramley apple sauce...Bulgaria was oncebest known for its rough cabernet sauvignons but is now turning to nativegrapes such as this melnik. Juicy and fresh, it makes very easy glugging withroast duck with Bramley apple sauce and redcabbage.
Their reputation forcompetence in the bargain basement has left eastern European producers with abit of a challenge when it comes to persuading us to spend a few more quid ontheir more ambitious...Their reputation forcompetence in the bargain basement has left eastern European producers with abit of a challenge when it comes to persuading us to spend a few more quid ontheir more ambitious offerings. Nor does it help these very different countriesthat they’re forever lumped in together as a single entity. After all, as oneBulgarian winemaker put it to me: ‘Nobody talks about western European wine.’In the 30 years since the end of the Soviet era, a range of independentproducers has emerged to replace state-owned co-operatives, with many of themplaying up the personality of overlooked local varieties. It’s a recipe thatworks very well in Bulgaria’s Villa Melnik’s exuberantly juicy, expressive andcrunchy red from the melnik grape variety.