Kabatepe Rosé parades the delicious red berried fruit of Merlot and Malbec, along with soft-fruited local Karasakiz.
Let’s be clear about two things first: Rosé wine is here to stay, and it’s ok to drink Rosé all year long. Rosé is still the fastest growing sector in wine around the world, and that’s because it offers quality, diversity, and visual appeal. I’m thrilled to present this Rosé from Turkey… yes, Turkey. Planted to over 600,000 hectares of vines (compared to B.C.’s 5,000), most Turkish grapes end up as raisins or in a fruit bowl, but this Islamic country is slowly cultivating export markets and making clean, fresh, modern wines to take to the world. Suvla Winery is a frontrunner, based in Gallipoli, and named for Suvla Bay, site of one of the many campaigns in this bloodiest of WWI battles. Aegean Sea salty breezes and hardpan sandy soils are home to a mix of indigenous vines and international varieties. Kabatepe Rosé parades the delicious red berried fruit of Merlot and Malbec, along with soft-fruited local Karasakiz. Dry but with emphatic fruit presence and zingy acidity, it’s a delicious wine with a compelling history.