Georgia on my mind – four wines from The Georgian Wine Society


Never tried Georgian wine? Can’t say I’ve had much if it myself, but this week sees the launch of The Georgian Wine Society (www.georgianwinesociety.co.uk) – here’s how I got on with four of their wines…


Teliani Valley Tsolikouri 2005 (£8.99)
Slightly nutty/toasty edges, clean and fresh, a light floral perfume, still fresh, but doesn’t feel like it has the oomph to go on much longer. Slightly neutral finish. C

Teliani Valley Napareuli 2005 (£10.39)
There’s a slightly charred edge here, quite decent cherry and raspberry fruit beyond that, but that burnt/charred edge takes over the wine. Needs freshness. C-

Orovela Saperavi 2004 (£14.99)
Meaty cherry and berry with a backbone of tannin and acidity, reminiscent of Bairrada, with that mixture of prominent structure and fragrant, meaty flesh. Oak now receding, leavivng the wine to sing; still young, promising wine. S

Marani Khvanchkara 2005 (£12.99)
Apparently a wine that was a favourite of Stalin.  Strange, rotty/dusty edge here, almost like asbestos, but then the fruit emerges, with red cherries, redcurrants and lychees, and a delicate floral perfume. Made from those well-known grapes Alexandrouli and Mujuretuli. Intriguing wine, like some of those Piedmontese oddities, bring on the blue cheese. B

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *