"All the varieties are grown in a single vineyard in Kaynaklar near the city of Izmir. K2 is the second wine they make with this fruit. Fermented separately at 25 ºC for three weeks with pumping over. Then they are barrel aged for 12 months in one-year-old French oak barrels. Bottle aged for a minimum of six months. Typically a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
The first bottle seemed evolved in the aroma and flavour, quite leathery, and yet tougher in the tannins, so I opened the second bottle. What a difference. Deep crimson with a soft rim. Rich aroma of dark and slightly rocky/smoky black fruit, savoury and with no indication of fruit sweetness on the nose but a mix of black fruits, not just cassis, real fruit purity – in fact not unlike good right-bank bordeaux in a warm vintage. Dry, grippy texture but the tannins are fine leaving the mouth dry as dark-chocolate does. Still a little enigmatic at this stage and a lot more come. So glad I opened the second bottle. Powerful yet refined. Wait a bit longer. 17+/20 points. (JH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Paşaeli K2 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot grown in the estate Serez vineyard in Kaynaklar – İzmir. After fermentation, the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak. This is the winery’s best seller in Turkey, and has gained them some notoriety with Jancis Robinson, among other critics, over the years. The nose has rich aromas of sweet, ripe cassis and blackberry. The palate is firm and dense with chewy tannin filled out with pure fruit and well-integrated oak. A full-bodied, balanced wine with a long finish.