Sunny Hill Melnik
100% independent video tasting notes by Wijngek.tv. (Dutch)
Colour: Deep ruby red colour with granite nuances;
Aroma: Explosive but delicate aroma of ripe cherry, pepper and spice with tones of chocolate, vanilla and tobacco, complemented by hints of blackberries on a crust of bread;
Taste: Soft, velvet and rounded taste dominated by the fruits from the aroma. The aftertaste is fruity with tones of vanilla and mild spices as a finish.
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HOW TO DRINK IT
Food: smoked chicken, duck, ham, hamburger, lamb (grilled or broiled), pasta with tomato sauce, pates, steak (grilled or broiled), venison;
Cheese: Brie, Camember, Danish Blu, Sharp Cheddar;
The Legend ...
The town of Melnik, Bulgaria holds two superlative distinctions. With a population of a mere 208 inhabitants, it ranks as the Eastern European nation's smallest city. On top of that, the town's long tradition of viticulture is responsible for what is considered the country's most famous bottle of wine.
Farmers grow grapes all over Bulgaria, from the mountains in the west all the way to the Black Sea, and the diversity in landscape and climate results in a wide range of wines. Everyone has their favorite, but the grapes grown in the Melnik region are held in especially high esteem.
Perched in the southern slopes of Bulgaria's Pirin mountain range, Melnik enjoys a moderate, Mediterranean-style climate. A certain broadleaf red grape variety, officially called Shiroka Melnishka, grows only in this specific area. Legend holds that Winston Churchill was fond of the Melnik grape and would have cases of its wine imported for his enjoyment.
|Grapes varieties||100% Melnik|
|Oak aging||6 months|
|Oak barrels type||French and Bulgarian oak barriques|
|Region||Protected Geographical Indication, Struma River Valley|