Domaine Boyar is one of the biggest players on the Bulgarian wine scene. Thanks to their unique access to premium grapes and a state of the art winery, they have developed incredibly successful ranges for the UK market.
Deer Point relates to the groups of deer who roam free on the winery grounds at the bottom of the mountains. Subtle peach and melon fruit notes on the nose and palate with a nice structure and creamy texture on the finish.
Awarded a Gold Medal and 96 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
Gasper is located in Goriška Brda, which makes up the two thirds of Collio stretching into Slovenia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy. Goriška Brda has a climate ideally suited to viticulture, with its proximity to both the Adriatic Sea and the Alps providing dry, warm summers with cooling breezes during the crucial ripening period. The Gasper wine estate is a joint venture between a local cooperative and the Carman family, who have been in the wine and hospitality business for over 50 years. At the helm of the cellar is Darinko Ribolica, a respected oenologist from Goriška Brda. He uses Slovenia’s local varieties to create wines in a modern, fresh style.
The grapes for this wine are grown at altitudes ranging between 80-200 metres above sea level. The vineyards are terraced and face south-west, east and south. The climate here is sub-Mediterranean and experiences a mixture of warm sea air and the influence of cold winds from the Alps.
2017 was a great vintage with ideal weather conditions throughout. A sunny summer coupled with just the right amount of rain ensured that the grapes reached perfect ripeness levels and remained healthy. Warm days followed by cool nights allowed a slow ripening process, retaining their acidity and accumulating intense varietal flavours. The harvest began in mid-September and ended on 1st October.
Fruit was pressed in a pneumatic press and then fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place to preserve the freshness and fruit character of the grapes.
The wine is straw yellow in colour with a subtle shade of pink. The nose is reminiscent of pear, grapefruit, pineapple and cinnamon. Well balanced, this medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has a lovely richness, with a silky finish and citrus aromas.
The 2015 vintage was Awarded 95 points and an Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their 2016 World Wine Awards Asian section(see blue link below).
Ethereal and elegant, similar to the Kayagatake but like the bigger brother – more depth on the nose, this has melon but also peach, minerality in there in spades from the complex granite soils found in the Hishiyama district. Again the remarkable freshness and elegance of the Koshu is present but with a linear, crisp, length with gorgeous mouth watering acidity and wonderful minerals and peaches on the finish - this leans towards a classy Albariño or Cru Chablis.