Van Ardi Voskehat 2018 Armenia

Brilliant pale gold

 Distinct aromas of ripe apples, apricots, peaches and melon

Aromas carry through on the palate to an elegant and refreshing finish

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About the Producer

Returning back to his roots, both physically and metaphorically, founder and winemaker, Varuzhan Mouradian and his family moved from California to Armenia. Having fallen in love with wine, he knew he had developed a passion for making wine he couldn't ignore. Van is an ancient capital of Armenia with rich winemaking history, where the family's ancestors are from. The winemaker and family named the winery Van Ardi, meaning "sun of Van". 

Van Ardi is a boutique winery based in the ancient wine region of Ashtarak, Armenia. It overlooks its own vineyard estate on small rolling hills with slopes facing south and southeast. The soil, consisting of volcanic sandstone and rich in minerals and tufa, is ideal for the growth of quality grapes. Only in its second year of production, Van Ardi has already won impressive prizes such as the first place rank at the Areni Wine Festival and the Best Red Wine in Armenia for the Syrah reserve. In 2014, Syrah Kakhet Reserve won gold for its elegant harmony of aromas such as red berries, spices, coffee, chocolate, and oak. In 2015, Rosé received a silver medal for its body, harmonious sweetness and minerality, and gracious notes of red berries and dried fruits. This year, Van Ardi participated in the widely respected international wine competition, Mundus Vini, for the first time. After a month of anticipation for the results, 160 wine experts from around the world chose Vana Ardi’s “The Sun of Van” as one of the top 100 wines from all over the world. Van Ardi is currently exported to France and Russia and will continue to pursue opportunities in many other countries. 

 

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  • Grapes

    100% Voskehat

     

     Voskehat is an old Armenian grape variety that shows a great deal of diversity of form, indicating its longtime presence in the country. It is most commonly used to produce sweet fortified wines, and sometimes to produce sparkling wines. It is also grown for table grapes, but here used for still wine.

  • Region

     Armenia

     

    Throughout the Transcaucasus regions the climate is harsh continental –where summer daytime temperatures routinely exceed 100°F (40°C), and drop rapidly to less than 70°F (20°C) soon after dusk. 

    The dramatic, rocky and dry terrain, ranging in elevation from about 990m in Areni village to 3522m in the Vardenis Mountains, supports a wide variety of biodiversity. The numerous rivers that flow through the region, and their respective springs, create fertile plots of land that support many types of small trees and shrubs in addition to orchards and vineyards.

  • Viticulture

    • Vineyard – vines over 9 years, voskehat is positioned at the north of the plot, on the skirt of plot's slope. This means that they receive slightly cooler air when the air gets cooler

    • Soil – predominantly sandy, with volcanic stones, and good drainage

    • Altitude – up to 1,000m above sea level

    • Slope aspect – south, south east

  • Vinification

    • Grapes were handpicked and hand sorted.

    • Bunches were destemmed before crushing

    • Few hours of cold-maceration before pressing

    • Fermented at 12-15C in stainless steel tanks.

    • Fermented for 30 days

    • Fermented with cultured yeast

    • Aging in stainless steel tanks

  • Wine Spec

    Vintage: 2017

    Alcohol: 13.5%

    Name of Producer:

    Van Ardi

    Name of Wine:

    Voskehat

    Origin: 

     Armenia

    Service Temp:

    8-10C 

Tapas

Wine & Food Matching Ideas

Fish/seafood

Mediterranean salads

 

Sushi

Cheese platter

Crudités and dips

Pesto pasta

Pizza

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Try it with

Armenian Salad

Although I think this wine would be versatile enough to go with a number of dishes, when you're drinking something so unique why not try to taste it alongside the regional cuisine!

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