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Zolotaya Balka agricultural firm has launched the first line of reserve wines

Zolotaya Balka agricultural firm has launched the first line of reserve wines under the brand name BALAKLAVA Barrique. The name of the premium product traditionally outlines the history of the area where grapes are grown and harvested. According to historical chronicles, in the 15th century, the southern coast of Crimea came under the control of the Genoese colonialists. They fortified themselves in the fortress of Chembalo on the territory of present-day Balaclava, and the neighborhood was called LOCO CIMBALI (literally, “The Location of Chimbali”). At that time, Crimean winemaking was in its prime, and the Genoese traded wine from grapes harvested in the valleys where the Golden Beam vineyards are now located.

“We were inspired by the richness of our historical heritage and created a line of aged BALAKLAVA still wines, which also includes 2 LOCO CIMBALI wines that emphasize the continuity of generations,” says Elena Kostenko, Director General of the agricultural company.

Grapes for “BALAKLAVA” harvested in 2016 were grown in the unique Sevastopol Terroir, which is recognized as the best on the entire Crimean peninsula. The berries are picked by hand and are double-selected.

For the premium line, winemakers selected special plots with age vines (average age 25 years) and special carbonate-clay soils. The wine is aged in the cellar for 20 months in French oak barrels and a bottle to open in a glass with a deep palette of aromas and taste characteristics. The potential for storing wine is at least 3 years.

The line of aged wines “BALAKLAVA” was created by the famous oenologist Oleg Repin, who is called the legend of Crimean winemaking. An active participant in the development of modern winemaking culture in Sevastopol and the Crimea, Oleg Repin praised the potential of the Zolotaya Balka Valley and invested not only his talent and experience in the new wine, but also endowed it with a piece of his unique charisma.

The reserve BALAKLAVA line includes two Loco Cimbali blends: dry white (Rkatsiteli and Chardonnay grapes) and dry red (Bastardo Magarachsky, Saperavi and Cabernet Sauvignon), as well as

varietal dry red wines “BALAKLAVA MERLOT” and “BALAKLAVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON”.

Premium wines “Golden Beams” brings to sale the wine trading company Simple. According to Anatoly Korneev, vice president of Simple, “the Crimean winery is on the right track, creating aged wines of decent quality, the noble taste of which will certainly find its connoisseurs.”

The taste and merits of the new product have already been praised by professionals in the wine market. At the recent International Competition “Yalta. Golden Griffin-2019 “dry red wine” BALAKLAVA MERLOT “received an authoritative jury Grand Prix Cup. The authoritative jury also awarded the Golden Beam with two gold medals, which they received: dry white wine “LOCO CIMBALI” and collection sparkling wine Brut Blanc de Blanc “CUVEE DE VITMER”.

 

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