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Orgo Saperavi 2020

Expressive black currant and cherry set the stage for flavours of ripe black fruit, leather, spice and dark chocolate. There is a nice balance of fruit and deeper savoury notes, and velvety tannins make way for a splash of cherry on the lingering finish.

Origin:

Kakheti, Georgia

Grape:

Saperavi

ABV:

13%

Producer Profile

This small artisan winery, located in the Kakheti AOC in eastern Georgia, is a project between the famous Georgian wine maker Gogi Dikishivili and his son Temur Dakishvili. Temur’s youth and energy coupled with Gogi’s experience and wisdom create a unique partnership, one that both honors the centuries old Dakishvili family winemaking tradition, yet makes it new again each year. The mission of Orgo and this partnership is to make singularly unique wines that add their own elegance and refinement to the 8,000 year old Georgian wine making tradition.

Grape

Saperavi is a dark-skinned, pink-fleshed grape variety originally from the Georgian Republic. Being the Georgian-language word for "dye", saperavi is a particularly appropriate name for this teinturier variety. Teinturier meaning that the pulp inside is also dark as opposed to clear like most varities. It has proved itself capable of producing ageworthy (often barrel matured) varietal wines of high quality. In Georgia, Saperavi's best expression comes from its premier region Kakheti, near the eastern border with Azerbaijan

Region

Kakheti is the most important wine region in Georgia in quantitative, qualitative and even historic terms. Almost three-quarters of the country's wine grapes are grown here, on land that has been used for viticulture for thousands of years. Viniculturally speaking, the area is unofficially divided into several sub-regions, and even a number of microregions. This creates a huge variety of mesoclimates for viticulture with an equally large variety of grape varieties found throughout. The most significant of these center around the villages of Tsinandali, Telavi, Gurajaani, Kvareli, Sagarejo and Sighnahi, which dot the banks of the Alazani River as it flows from the Caucasus Mountains to the Mingecevir reservoir in western Azerbaijan.

Viticulture

This wine is made from 80 year old vines. The wine is fermented and aged in Qvevri (Large clay jars). Temuri Dakishvili sources the grapes from Kurdgelauri and Tsinandali villages in the Telavi district, on the right bank of the Alazani River.

Vinification

Crafted by old Georgian way in Qvevri, fermented spontaneously by wild yeasts, 20 days skin contact in Qvevri. Punching down 4 times daily, until cap starts to sink down. After ferment wine racked off into smaller Qvevri and sealed for 6 months

Food matching ideas:

Grilled meats, stews, smoked ribs

Try it with:

Mtsvadi (Grilled Pork Skewers with Pomegranate and Onions)