Havlabari Cellars Saperavi 2018 Kakheti,Georgia

Deep ruby colour

Fragrant ripe black cherries, bramble, and blueberries with notes of chocolate and cherry 

Softly integrated tannins, concentrated ripe fruit and refreshing finish

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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% Saperavi

     

    Saperavi is one of only a handful of grapes worldwide with highly pigmented red flesh as well as skins; the name translates as ‘to dye’.

    Saperavi vines are grown widely throughout the Caucasus (the crossover between the Asian and European continents), and further afield in various regions of the former Soviet Republic. Capable of bringing intense color and marked acidity to wines, it has also proved itself capable of producing ageworthy high quality wines.

  • 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, 6 – 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

    • Hand harvested grapes

    • Gentle pressing of destemmed and crushed grapes

    • Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks

    • Bottle ageing for 1 year before release

  • Wine Spec

    Vintage: 2018

    Alcohol: 13%

    Name of Producer:

    Havlabari Cellars

    Name of Wine:

    Saperavi

    Origin: 

    Kakheti, Georgia

    Organic

    Service Temp:

    15-18C 

Stew

Wine & Food Matching Ideas

Grilled lamb

 

Beef stew

Roasted Vegetables

Cheese & charcuterie

platter

Stuffed Peppers

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Try it with

Serdakh

Aubergines and tomatoes

by 

Olia Hercules

This wine will easily go with a roast meat dish but it can also work beautifully with warming vegetarian dishes. The soft tannin play of the softness of the cooked aubergine and the wine's freshness stands up to tomato-based sauce. 

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