Grape Variety Merlot , Syrah/Shiraz
The proprietor of Bessa Valley, Count Stephan von Neipperg, boasts a bevy of esteemed Bordeaux Châteaux and the products of his Bulgarian estate are undoubtedly influenced by this. This blend, comprising roughly 50% Merlot, 25% Syrah, and a modicum of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, undergoes cool fermentation before spending roughly 12 months in French oak barrels. The bouquet is redolent of vanilla and menthol, with berry fruits in abundance. On the palate, dark fruits predominate, imparting flavours of raisins, liquorice, and sweet spices, along with rustic, gamey, and meaty notes. The wine boasts a well-rounded structure with tannins that are prominent yet harmoniously integrated.