Tom Cannavan wrote: "Every time I taste a red Karasi I am reminded of Pinot Noir. Most of the wines I've tasted have been in a very soft, open style, long-aged in oak, but though still Pinot-esque this is all crunch and bold cherry juiciness, a touch of prune or raisin, but fresh, just rounded out with a sheen of oak into the soft but still structured finish."
Matthew Jukes in MoneyWeek described the Kayra Kalecik Karasi as "a stunner", "a spectacular red" and an "amazing wine"...
It won Silver in three competitions - the International Wine Challenge "Juicy red plum and red currant. Sour cherry tannins. The wine has concentration and length. Modern style.", the Sommelier Wine Awards "Vibrant red cherry and raspberry aromas, followed by a zingy palate with high, racy acidity, but it's juicy and fun", as well as the International Wine and Spirits Challenge.
Kayra is producing premium wines from the Anatolia region - considered to be the birthplace of wine - and is at the cutting edge of winemaking in this diverse nation. The wines are made from unique and intriguing local varieties. These indigenous varieties, whilst being ancient to Turkey are now being vinified using modern techniques and are producing award winning results. Anatolian grapes, along with international varieties, are planted in the best sites following the philosophy of terroir. The vineyards and wineries have seen significant investment.
The Elâzığ winery, located in Eastern Anatolia was established in 1942 and is dedicated entirely to the production of red wines. The Şarköy Winery in Thrace was built in 1996 and embraces a cellar for 1200 barrels, reserved for the ageing of special cuvées. Under the guidance of consultant winemaker Daniel O'Donnell, it is Kayra's aim to reveal the true potential of Turkey and to bring their rich history and generous spirit to lovers of fine wine.