Clark Foyster - Specialist Wine Importers - Georgia

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Georgia

I visited Georgia in March this year on a trip organised by the MWs. It was an intense 4 days (and bitterly cold too) and hardly long enough to get to grips with a fascinating but very complex story. Everything was utterly new to me (except that they proudly boast a history of 8,000 vintages, and are generally accepted to own the origin of wine production.) I realised at one point, early on,  that I had no idea whether names I was being given as wine descriptors described the origin, the grape variety or the producer. It was that different!

Schuchmann, Telavi

Burkhard Schuchmann, a German transport engineer, and former chairman of German railways bought and developed Schuchmann Wines in 2008. Gogi Dakishvili's involvement here as winemaking consultant provides the common link to Clark Foyster's other Georgian wines.  We already buy Gogi's wines (Orgo) and those of his son Temuri (Vita Vinea) and Gogi is also employed as a winemaking consultant to Schuchman.

Schuchmann explained to us on the MW visit in 2015 how he had fallen in love with Georgia and its wines, and wanted to develop what he sees as enormous potential of the region.  But there is an extra philanthropic dimension to his investment, which aims for sustainable agriculture, ecological conservation and has led to the creation of winemaking scholarships, and the building of a hotel and restaurant complex to bring in visitors.

The Saperavi 2016 shows the intense colour of the grape (which is a 'teinturier' - red-skinned variety) with rich intense full-flavours and structure. Unlike our other 'qvevri'; wines, this is made in the conventional modern way. It is fermented in stainless steel and then briefly oak aged.

Red


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
SHSAP16B Saperavi red  2016
85.40

Orgo, Georgi Dakishvili, Kakheti

But as usually happens, certain producer names fix themselves in the mind both as impressive people when you meet them, or via a standout wine in a large line up tasting. Gogi Dakishvili was this man for me. He's widely credited as being one of the most skilled and influential winemakers in the country. He is consultant to the large Schuchmann winery, where he overseas their excellent range of modern wines. But he also  has his own project focusing on the traditional Qvevri vessels (clay amphora)  for vinification and maturation. And this is where his passion lies. Both his wines, and also those from his son Temuri, whose Vita Vinea project is a quite separate operation, are made in this way.

Both producers are located in Telavi, in the heart of the Kakheti district. Kakheti is the most easterly wine region, perhaps also the warmest, and it was from here that all the wines which impressed me the most were made. The vines are planted on both banks of the wide valley of the Alazani river on its eastwards flow towards the Caspian sea (via Azerbaijan). It is bordered to the north by the magnificent Caucasian mountains. These provide a weather block as well as plentiful water year-round. They also provide a significant barrier to the large and not always friendly neighbour to the north. There is a huge range of different alluvial terroirs: clay, limestone, granite, schist . It's an area which has already elicited considerable international investment, and there will be more in the future.

There is skin contact on these wines, both red and white, which of course provides some tannin and amber hues to the white wine, but which doesn't overpower the perfume and fragrance of the whites. None of the four wines we are shipping sees any oak. There are some old vines here. Winemaking is in the blood over many generations. The Kisi vines, for example, were planted by Temuri's great grandfather in the 1930s.

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
GDKAT16B Rkatsitelli white
2016
122.80
Red




GDSAP17B Saperavi red   2017   122.80
GDSAP16B Saperavi red 
2016
122.80

Vita Vinea, Temuri Dakishvili, Kakheti

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
TDKIS16B Kisi white 
2016
139.40
Red




TDSAP17B Saperavi red   2017   139.40
TDSAP16B Saperavi red   2016   139.40
TDSAP15B Saperavi red
2015
139.40

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