Three wines from Degustate, a new UK-based online Georgian wine shop: www.degustate.co.uk
These show the different sides of Georgia, and three of the key grape varieties. They all represent great value for money.
Winiveria Kisi 2018 Kakheti, Georgia
Full yellow in colour, this is a restrained, textured, spicy and mineral white wine with lovely citrus fruit and a hint of honey and fresh grapes. It’s pure and quite gastronomic, with a fine, grainy structure and some yellow plum notes on the finish, with a nice acid line. Lots of personality here, and also a sense of delicacy. 91/100
Wine People Rkatsiteli by Avtandil Ugrekhelidze 2017 Bolnisi, Georgia
This is a new project from Teliani, a major Georgian producer. It’s limited editions of wines made by smaller growers: in this case Avtandil Ugrekhelidze, a doctor from a winemaking family. He started making wine in Qvevri in 2015. This Rkatsiteli is fermented and aged in Qvevri. Orange/gold in colour, this is a textured dry white with a lovely honeyed depth on the palate, and notes of clay and earth adding savoury interest. There are hints of mint and green tea, too, with a mineral streak on the finish complementing the pear and lemon fruit. Characterful and delicious, this is quite a bargain. 92/100
Zangaura Saperavi 2016 Kakheti, Georgia
Sweetly aromatic with a hint of cedar spice and ripe cherries and plums. The palate is rounded and fruit driven with some sweet strawberry and cherry fruit. It’s midweight, balanced and shows a good concentration of fruit with a nice sweet, finely spiced finish. The tannins have softened and this is drinking nicely. 90/100