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the tasting

The Tasting


Narince has pale skins, especially when picked young, so even though this wine has seen some pre-fermentation skin contact it is still a pale lemon colour.
 
The nose is more assertive, combining floral aromas of elderflower and orange blossom with the fresh citrus scents of grapefruit and lemon peel.  There’s also a suggestion of something richer, like apricot, along with a slightly smoky quality that has nothing to do with oak.
 
In the mouth it is dry and piercingly fresh, with plenty of cool, mountain-spring acidity.  Although light in body, it has unexpectedly intense grapefruit, lemon and asian pear flavours that have a pithy, fruit-skin grippiness to them.
 
That pithy quality – as if you were starting to peel a grapefruit with your teeth – continues into the mouthwatering finish, which ends on a surprising herbal note.


Assessment


Previous vintages of this wine have been fuller-bodied and more Chardonnay-styled, with alcohol levels around 13%.  But the discovery that Narince develops its full flavours before it reaches peak sugar levels has inspired Kayra to try picking it early, producing this delightfully original and refreshing white that really shows off the unique qualities of the grape.
 
As often happens with something new and different, I find myself trying to seek out similarities with more familiar scents and flavours.  The nose is a little bit Sauvignon Blanc, and rather more like an English Bacchus, which shares the same grapefruit quality, and even a bit like the Cypriot white made from Xynisteri that we did last July.  The palate with its combination of light body and pure flavours is reminiscent of a dry Riesling or Vinho Verde, while the lightly bitter, herbal lift to the finish is rather like a dry Muscat.
 
But you can tell by the way I’m reaching for so many different wines as reference points that, in truth, this wine doesn’t really taste like any of them.  Instead, rather wonderfully, it tastes of itself.  This is the first Narince I’ve tried, and I’m very much looking forward to getting better acquainted with this delightfully distinctive grape.



Tasting notes

Appearance
clear pale lemon
Nose

Intensity medium+

Aromas floral (elderflower, orange blossom), citrus (grapefruit, lemon peel), slight apricot, hint of smoke (not oak)

Development youthful
Palate

Sweetness dry

Acidity medium+

Body light

Intensity medium(+?)

Flavours pithy citrus (grapefruit, lemon), orchard fruit (asian pear), mineral (stones)
Finish

Length medium

Flavours grapefruit pith, mouthwatering, ends on herbs
Other notes
Really refreshing. Smells a bit Sauv Bl, also a bit English Bacchus, then with air a bit Kyperounda Petritis. Finish has exotic, dry Muscat quality.


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