Early Ripening Melnik , Dry, Red, Full bodied, ready but can keep, 14% alc.
Early Ripening Melnik (Melnik 55) is a cross of the ancient indigenous grape variety Broad Leaved Melnik Vine and the now obscure French grape variety Valdigue created in the seventies of the last century in the Sandanski viticulture research station. It was initially planted alongside Struma Valley, South West Bulgaria where it is still considered most successful. It produces full bodied, sumptuous reds that take well oak maturation. This is a full bodied, multi-layered wine with a black cherry and berry fruit on the palate. Smoke and notes of tobacco on the finish. Great on it own it is also excellent with red meat and strong cheeses.