Havlabari Cellars Mtsvane 2018 Kakheti, Georgia

Pale lemon hue

Fragrant aromas of ripe apple, apricot, peach and tropical fruit

Refreshing crisp acidity with layers of minerality

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About the Producer

The cradle of winemaking

Winemaking in Georgia stretches back over 8,000 years of history. According to archaeological evidence, the first Georgian wines were made and stored in earthenware vessels called qvevri (or kvevri). The qvevri is Georgia’s most important and best-known winemaking vessel, and it remains the centerpiece of traditional winemaking in Georgia.

 

Havlabari Cellars takes its name after the ancient prominent part of Tbilisi - Havlabar, which since the 11th century has been the cosmopolitan centre of the art, culture and wine trade of the capital.

 

The famous Wine Rise of Havlabar with its ornate cliffside balconies for centuries houses many wine bars and cellars.

The heritage of Havlabar is inspired by the painting of Vagharshak Eibekian.

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  • Grapes

    100% Mtsvane

     

    Mtsvane is a light-skinned grape variety native to the Georgian Republic. The name means "green" in the Georgian language. It makes crisp, citrus-tinged wines with some pineapple and pear characters and a floral aroma.  There is some evidence to suggest that Mtsvani is a very ancient variety. Mtsvani is commonly grown in Kakheti in southern Georgia, and often blended with the country's flagship white grape, Rkatsiteli.

  • Region

    Kakheti, Georgia

     

     

    The climate in Kakheti is moderate, with a similar average annual rainfall and heat summation to that of southern France. The nutrient-poor soils here are something of a trademark for Caucasian viticulture; their discovery saw the early Georgian vignerons (as far back as 6000 BC) stumble across near-perfect terroir millennia before the concept of terroir was formalized and given a name.  A particular kind of soil, called 'cinnamonic', is found in Kakheti's key wine-growing zones. This typically comprises sandy, reddish-colored, calcareous clays. The soil's color is the result of its high iron content, which also serves to bring depth of flavor and rustic, earthy notes to the local wines.

  • Viticulture

    Organic  

     

    • Vineyard – old vineyards, 7 – 8 tonnes per ha

    • Soil – rocky basalt soil with limited fertility and good drainage

    • Altitude – up to 700m above sea level

    • Slope aspect – south east facing hills

    • Microclimate – continental

  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand harvested

    • Gentle pressing of destemmed and crushed grapes

    • Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks

    •    Bottle aging for 1 year       before release

  • Wine Spec

    Vintage: 2018

    Alcohol: 12.5%

    Name of Producer:

    Havlabari Cellars

    Name of Wine:

    Mtsvane

    Origin: 

    Kakheti, Georgia

    Organic

    Service Temp:

    8-10C 

Mezze Dips

Wine & Food Matching Ideas

Mezze

 

Stuffed vine leaves

Hummus platter

Salads

Seafood pasta

Quiche

Roasted cauliflower

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Try it with

Serdakh

Aubergines and tomatoes

by 

Olia Hercules

This wine will go well with many different vegetarian dishes from pasta to grilled vegetables. This tasty dish would be delicious with fresh bread and butter and glass of chilled Mtsvane.

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