Grape Variety: Saperavi 100%
Region: Kakheti region, Country of Georgia
Category: Table Wines,Qvevri Wines, Oak Wines
Serving temperature: +16°C to +18°C (+60°F to+64°F)
Produced and bottled by Marani, Telavi Wine Cellar, Country of Georgia.
Selected block, SAPERAVI S01, of Kondoli vineyards has been green harvested during the first days of August in order to artificially reduce the grape yield down to 4-5 tons per hectare and thus increase the overall quality and concentration of remaining fruit. At the end of September grapes were hand harvested in small boxes, hand sorted in our winery, gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed into historical Georgian clay wine vessels called Qvevri, buried in the winery’s earthen floor. The fermentation was performed by natural yeast, found on grape skins. During the whole process of fermentation, which has been held naturally maximum at 26°C, cap management has been performed only by hand punching, thus overall mechanical impact on grape skins has been minimized, ensuring soft extraction of color and tannins from the grape skin. After 6 months of maceration in Qvevri, the wine was decanted and transferred gently into traditional new oak barrels for 24 months further maturation. The wine was bottled unfiltered, complemented by 6 months bottle aging in our cellar before the release.
Deep red color with bricky line on the rim. The nose reveals spices, vanilla and concentrated forest berries. Blackberry flavors and ripe silky oak tannins are dominant on the initial palate. The middle palate is round, full and soft. Fresh, clean blackcurrant flavors and liquorice notes are balanced by attractive oak and ripe grape-tannin complexity
Goes well with spicy or peppery dishes, spicy stews, rice cooked with meat or mushrooms, hearty dishes like roasted meats, wild game, lamb, trout roast, chicken, steak and hard/aged cheeses.
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