Voskevaz Areni 2017 Vayots Dzor, Armenia

Garnet-ruby colour

Perfumed plum, red cherry and spice nose

Red fruit, spice, with slightly earthy note,  refreshing and gently grippy 

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About the Producer

The 'golden bunch' of grapes

Voskevaz Winery is located in Aragatsotn region of Armenia in the village by the same name, “Voskevaz,” which in Armenian means "golden bunch." The foothills area of the highest mountain in Armenia-Aragats is amazingly beautiful and diverse, and its land keeps cultural layers of ancient Armenian civilization. Just a couple of kilometers from the winery, on the edge of the picturesque gorge of river Kasakh, are located the remains of “Badali Jam” church built in the 5th-7th centuries. Nearby were found parts of karases (Armenian clay amphorae), which were dug into the ground and used to age the wine. Voskevaz Winery was established in 1932. With all of the modern innovations, it still has carefully preserved much of its authentic elements including the buildings.

The renaissance of the winery began in 2004. Today Voskevaz produces wine using both modern wine-making technology and traditional old karases that were made in the 19th century. Karas, a traditional vessel for wine fermentation and aging, was used on the territory of Armenia from ancient times. The earliest karases were found in the remains of the oldest known winery in the world (about 6,100 years old), in the caves of Areni, as well as at the partially preserved karas wine cellar in the ruins of the Urartian fortress Teishebaini.   

 

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  • Grapes

    100% Areni Noir

     

    Areni Noir is a dark-skinned grape variety used to make full-bodied red wines in the Transcaucasus (notably in Turkey and Armenia), the birthplace of viticulture.  With its thick skin, Areni Noir is extremely disease-resistant and is particularly well adapted to strong diurnal temperature variation.

    The results remind of a mix of Pinot Noir and Sangiovese- red fruit, fresh acidity and medium tannins.

  • Region

    Vayots Dzor, 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 15 years, from 7 – 10 tones per ha

    • Soil – rocky basalt soil with limited fertility and good drainage

    • Altitude – up to 1,600m above sea level

    • Slope aspect – south east facing hills

    • Microclimate – cool high altitude vineyards

  • Vinification

    • Gentle pressing of destemmed and crushed grapes in the pneumatic press

    • Fermentation with temperature control with daily pigeage

      and and (8-12 days) maceration.

    • Malolactic fermentation

    • Fermented with cultured yeast

    • Aging in stainless steel tanks

  • Wine Spec

    Vintage: 2017

    Alcohol: 13%

    Name of Producer:

    Voskevaz

    Name of Wine:

    Areni Noir

    Origin: 

    Vayots Dzor, Armenia

    Service Temp:

    17-18C 

Pizza Margherita

Wine & Food Matching Ideas

Duck confit

 

Pasta dishes

Pizza

Roasted vegetables

Cheese & charcuterie

platter

Cottage pie

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Try it with

Aubergine penne arrabbiata

 

by 

Jamie Oliver

If you consider this wine as a Pinot Noir–Sangiovese style hybrid, you'll understand how many opportunities for successful food matches are before you. Soft tannins and medium body call for lighter meat and textures, and  refreshing acidity plays well with tomato-based dishes. The earthy spice in the wine also makes it appetising alongside spice and even take a little heat like in this chilli-infused pasta recipe. 

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