IVO VARBANOV WINES – VIRTUAL WINE TASTING

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The first virtual wine tasting organised by us with a selection of 9 wines from our recent vintages. With Ivo Varbanov for Q & A.

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!SOLD OUT! Please check the repeated event on the 27th of March with the same name!

If you listen carefully to the wines created by Ivo Varbanov, they will take you to a place of art and culture that transcends their simple Bulgarian origin. – Steven Spurrier.

Ivo Varbanov has a split identity as expert vigneron in his native country, Bulgaria, and musician and leading figure, representing Bulgarian music and culture worldwide. The result is a unique perspective upon both worlds, and it is mirrored in his wines.

For you, the virtual tasting is going to be quite a straightforward experience: all you will need is: a computer/tablet/phone with wi-fi, Ivo's wine samples received by courier, some glassware, 90 minutes of your time... and alert tastebuds.

  1. If you would like to take part in Ivo's tasting, all you do is simply purchase a ticket (this tasting is limited to 60 tickets).
  2. You will receive (via courier) 9 samples (100 ml. each) of the wines planned for the tasting. These samples are sufficient for two people to take part in the virtual tasting.
  3. You will receive via email the user ID and passcode for the Zoom video meeting.
  4. Ivo Varbanov will present his project, talk about his wines, and discuss today's wine industry in Bulgaria.
  5. You will taste the wines together with Ivo and there will be a an open discussion with a Q&A from the audience.

Meet the producer and acquire a better knowledge of wine.

Wines to be tasted:

  1. Viognier 2018 – Pale silver yellow with lovely lively brightness, some florally and summer stone fruits on the nose, attractively less ’exotic’ than some more flashy Viogniers. Ripeness and natural richness are there on the palate, which is refreshingly young and summery, with good natural acidity for the future. 17/20. On re-taste this shows really good length of fruit: a very good Viognier and a potential benchmark for Bulgaria. 17.5/20.
  2. Viognier 2017 – Bright lemon yellow, really quite full and rich looking, slightly exotic late summer fruits, quite full-bodied palate naturally and elegantly expressed, a touch phenolic that adds to the texture and good balancing acidity. This is a mature Viognier, all of a piece, but more vineyard than Viognier. On re-taste, there is more citrus on the nose, more lifted fruit, less phenolic. 17.25/20.
  3. Chardonnay 2017 – Fine lemon yellow, bright and classy, nicely ripe on the nose, yellow summer fruits, oak very well blended in, good breadth of fruit continues on the palate with well-defined flavours and good structure, sowing citrusy elements and natural acidity. This is a serious Chardonnay, comparable in vineyard expression and structure to a 1er Cru from the Cote de Beaune. Good future. 17.5/20.
  4. Rosé 2017 – Syrah and Cabernet co-fermented. Fine fleshy pink rosé with a hint of orange reminiscent of the Tavels from the southern Rhone. Light red fruits on the nose, cherries and cranberries, with fine clarity of red fruits on the palate that fill out towards a firm finish. Definitely a wine for food, as the depth of fruit deserves this. 17/20.
  5. Rosé 2016 – Deep rosé with orange rim, warm red fruits on the nose, a hint of rose-hip syrup, although totally dry. Satisfyingly rich on the palate, much more rosado than rosé, with even a touch of black grape tannins that firm up the finish, while the ripe middle fruit remains satisfyingly evident. 17/20.
  6. Merlot & Syrah 2016 – Fine carmine ruby red, but lighter than expected from a Merlot/Syrah blend, youthful and fresh, with quite autumnal red/black fruits on the nose and a dry herb spice that comes through on the palate. Merlot and Syrah are not normal bedfellows and here the Merlot fruit dominates, with Syrah providing back-up richness, and no heaviness from 14.9 alcohol. An interesting wine that leads to a second glass: with food the Syrah will be more present and more welcome. 17/20. On re-taste, there is much more richness from both grapes, while retaining the firm finish. 17.25/20.
  7. Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah 2016 – Deep carmine red with young rim, really attractive briary summer red/black fruits on the nose, smooth and vigorous on the palate. Syrah spice and warmth blend in well, with good length and depth and full of clearly defined vineyard fruit, a more serious wine than the Merlot/Syrah, to 2026. 17.25/20. A re-taste confirmed the vigour, with more elegance, and both grapes showing what they can do. 17.5/20.
  8. Syrah 2015 – Superb black red with purple rim, rich black fruits on the nose, plum cake spice and velvety texture on the palate. Slightly exotic fruits come through over serious depth and structure, a very robust expression of Syrah, with the 15% alcohol quite acceptable for the richness of fruit. To 2028. 17.5/20. On re-taste (over three nights) the richness and structure impress, but the texture is a bit thick. 17.25/20.
  9. Surprise wine (or called in Italian "vino pirata").


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Follow the link about my wines article from Jancis Robinson

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/ivo-varbanov-feux-dartifice-syrah-2011-bulgaria

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