Grape Variety: Khikhvi 100%
Region: Kakheti region, Country of Georgia
Category: Table Wines, Qvevri Wines
Serving temperature: +11°C to +13°C (+51°F to+55°F)
Produced and bottled by Vine Ponto. Country of Georgia.
Selected Khikhvi grape fermented in Qvevri with natural yeasts for six months. Grapes are stomped and put into egg-shaped clay pots called qvevri, which are then buried in the ground or kept in cellars. The clay provides natural temperature control and a little oxygen exposure, all of which makes for some truly dynamic wine, unlike anything you may have tasted. There's also skin contact, which gives white wines that iconic amber color and more tannins than conventionally made whites, where the skin is removed before fermentation. Qvevri wine-making isn't the type of thing that can be mass-produced, which makes each wine in this style unique.
Aromas of ripe tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and magnolia. The wine is complex and sophisticated. The palate is full, with flavors of lilac, followed by a long lingering finish. The taste of wine is rich, perfectly balanced, with a pleasant tannic structure and a delicate aftertaste with nuances of pistachios.
Roasted pork or beef, white meats, roasted chicken, game birds, rich seafood dishes.and cheeses. The wine is also well combined with dishes from rabbit meat, lamb, fish, and poultry meat on the grill, warm salads and soft cheeses.
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