Rkatsiteli, Qvevri Wine Cellar
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Orange Wine (Skin Contact)

Rkatsiteli, Qvevri Wine Cellar - 2021

Item # 46088 750mL

The village of Velistsikhe is one of the oldest in Georgia, and was the preferred summer retreat for King Tamar during her reign. This dry amber wine is 100% Rkatsiteli, and was aged in qvevri for 7 months on the skins. Aromas of dried apricot, walnut, black tea, and white flowers, with medium structure. Pair with roasted eggplant in walnut sauce.

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Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

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Here is an opportunity to experience the oldest known grape variety in the world from the oldest wine producing region (over 8000 years old)! Qvevri Wine Cellar (Nareklishvili & Son’s Winery) officially began in 2015, but the Nareklishvili family has been making wine in Kakheti since 1850. Ivane Nakerlishvili uses traditional techniques learned from his great grandfather to craft authentic qvevri-aged wines, utilizing the full stalk and bunch of grapes during fermentation in terracotta amphora. This half-year process includes the stems, skins, seeds, and juice all creating a magical elixir that tastes unlike anything else. This amber wine combines the vibrant acidity characteristic of Rkatsiteli with a gorgeous aroma of flowers in bloom, honey, dried apricots, and an umami note akin to forest mushrooms.


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