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Öküzgözü

Öküzgözü: A Turkish Delight

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Öküzgözü is a red-skinned grape variety originating from the Elazığ province of Turkey. It produces light-bodied, low tannin wines with fresh and fruity aromas of strawberry and raspberry, as well as subtle notes of black pepper, spice and earthiness. On the palate, the wine has a soft texture and gentle acidity, with flavors of red berry fruits and a hint of tobacco.

Fresh Öküzgözü grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Öküzgözü is widely planted in Turkey, where it is primarily grown in the Elazığ and Malatya provinces. It is also found in small quantities in Romania, Bulgaria, and the Republic of North Macedonia. Öküzgözü is a vigorous variety and requires careful management in the vineyard. It has a tendency to produce high yields, so careful pruning and canopy management are essential to ensure quality fruit. The variety ripens late and can benefit from a long hang time on the vine, which can lead to increased complexity in the wine. The grapes are usually destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, with extended maceration to extract maximum flavor and color from the skins. In Turkey, Öküzgözü is primarily used to produce light-bodied, fresh and fruity wines with low alcohol content. The wines tend to be delicate and aromatic, with flavors of red berry fruits and subtle herbal and spice notes. In Romania and Bulgaria, the variety is used to make richer, more full-bodied wines, with higher alcohol content and more concentrated flavors. The light body and fresh fruit flavors of Öküzgözü make it an ideal accompaniment to a variety of dishes. It pairs well with grilled vegetables, light salads, and fish or poultry dishes. The variety is also well-suited to spicy foods such as curries, as the subtle spice notes in the wine help to complement the heat of the dish.

Foods to pair with Öküzgözü:

Beef
Smoky
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Öküzgözü
Öküzgözü is Turkish for 'ox eye', referring to the distinctive shape of the berries, which are said to resemble an ox's eye.

Top Wines with Öküzgözü

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Kavaklıdere Selection Öküzgözü - Boğazkere

Kavaklıdere

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Kavaklıdere Selection Öküzgözü - Boğazkere is a delightful Turkish red wine that showcases the unique characteristics of its appellation. Produced by Kavaklıdere, a renowned winery in Turkey, this wine is a blend of Öküzgözü and Boğazkere grape varieties. The vineyards where these grapes are grown benefit from the region's ideal climate and soil conditions, resulting in grapes with exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves careful selection and fermentation, allowing the wine to develop its rich flavors and aromas. With its medium to full body, this wine offers a harmonious balance of fruity and spicy notes, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a distinctive and enjoyable wine experience.
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Kavaklıdere Yakut

Kavaklıdere

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Kavaklıdere Yakut is a well-known wine in its native Turkey. It is produced by the Kavaklıdere winery from grapes grown in Eastern Anatolla. The base of the wine is the Turkish grapes Bogazkere and Okuzgozu. The sun loving Mediterranean grapes Carignan and Alicante are also included. The winemaking is focused on creating an earlier drinking style with riper tannins and juicy, refreshing acidity. Notes of baked red fruit with nuances of dired herbs and baking spcie married to a medium body with ripe, chewy tannins make this a good partner to everday meals. Try it with a Turkish mixed grill or mezze platter. This is a great choice for drinkers who enjoy pairing regional wine with world cuisines.
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