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Bratanov Merlot & Syrah Quel Mariage Thracian Valley 2018


Quel mariage! What a marriage, what a pairing, what a harmony! This daring, “rule breaking” coupling of the a Bordeaux staple (Merlot - 60%) and Rhone classic (Syrah - 40%) turns out to be an excellent expression of South Sakar mountain’s terroir.

Bratanov family winery is the result of the hard work and dedication of a father and his sons who
embarked on a mission to restore the family wine tradition after a break of 50 years. The
winery’s own 24ha vineyards are located on the sunny hills of South Sakar near the village of
Shishmanovo, Harmanli region – highly regarded as one of the best terroirs in Bulgaria, and
contain the local Bulgarian varieties Rubin, Mavrud and Tamyanka and the international
Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. 


The Merlot is aged in stainless steel tanks only and the Syrah around 3 years in used Bulgarian, Hungarian and French oak barrels of different sizes (225l, 400l and 500l). Unfiltered and unfined, with a minimum amount of sulphites added at bottling, this is an expressive wine.


Intense notes of ripe plums, cherries and spices, the palate is juicy with elegant body, leather and liquorice. 
Tannins are well integrated tannins and there is an abundance of cassis and tobacco on the finish.

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