Winemaker's Choice Syrah

Midalidare Winemaker’s Choice Syrah

Appelation and origin: PGI Thracian Lowlands, Bulgaria. Midalidare estate grown and bottled.

Vineyard: Dabovets (Bio certified).

Grape variety: 100% Syrah.

Harvest: By hand, in mid-October.


  • Cold soak;
  • Oak fermentation;
  • Post maceration;
  • Maturation (in barrels).

Ageing: 12 months.

Maturity: Mature. Could benefit from further ageing. Keep up to 5-7 years.

Volume: 750ml.

Closure: Cork.

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The story of the Winemaker's Choice brand begins in 2013, when, after an exceptional harvest, Midalidare's oenologists decided to create something really special. For the first vintage Syrah grapes were chosen: one of the exceptionally well-developed variety in the winery. In 2015, the “winemaker’s choice  was Malbec, and in 2017 the brand expanded in whites with Winemaker's Choice Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented. “Chosen” wines are produced in limited quantities and are an excellent choice for connoisseurs of terroir wines.

Tasting notes

Ruby-red colour with purple hues. The intense and characteristic varietal aroma of ripe red and black fruits and pepper is complemented by hints of smoke and violets. The taste complements the aroma of Winemaker’s Choice Syrah. The mouth is juicy and rounded, spicy, with excellent balance, dense body and soft tannins. A very long and spicy finish with a reminiscence of smoked meat and pepper.

Winemaking notes

Midalidare Winemaker's Choice Syrah is estate grown and bottled: Dabovets vineyard (BIO certified). The yield is controlled and reduced to 4000 kg/ha. The harvest takes place in the early morning, in mid-October. Manually harvested grapes are carried out with 10-12 kg boxes. After 24-hour cooling the grapes are carefully double sorted by hand. At first the whole clusters are sorted and after being destemmed, the second sorting of the grapes is carried out. The fine selection of Syrah grapes is sent by gravity to new 400-litres French oak barrels. There, at controlled temperature, cold soak takes place for two weeks in order to obtain maximum coloring substance and fruity flavor from the skin. Gentle warming preceded the yeasts introduction and slow fermentation for 10 days at controlled temperature. A post maceration is carried out for 20 days. Then the wine is drained from the fermenters and fed for ageing into second fill French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation takes place under controlled temperature. The wine is aged for 12 months. Rough filtration, blending and bottling complete the winemaking. Midalidare Winemaker’s Choice Syrah is not processed prior bottling so it is possible that natural sediment could form during the bottle ageing.

Serving suggestions

  • Food pairing: Pair with barbecue pork, veal, hard cheese, mould cheese, mushroom based dishes.
  • Decanting: At least an hour before serving.
  • Serving temperature: 16-18°C.
  • Recommended glass: Syrah glass (mid-size stem, wide bowl, narrow rim) or regular Red wine glass.
  • Storage: Cool and dark place, at temperature 12-15°С.

aLCOHOL CONTENT: 14.5% vol.


residual sugar: 3.3 g/l

ph: 3.32

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