Georgia has been producing wine for thousands of years. Yet, despite the UK’s growing interest in wine, its offerings are often dismissed or entirely overlooked. This is such a shame because good Georgian wine is not just good, it’s superb, rivalling anything that France, Spain, South America, South Africa or Australia could provide. In fact, on a blind taste-test most people would easily mistake a bottle of Georgia’s finest as being something from these more popular regions. Nevertheless, the Georgian Wine Society has begun to educate, inform and provide the UK market with treats from the Caucasus.
One bottle to be recently added to the society’s collection is the Orovela Cuvee Chandrebi Saperavi Cabernet Suavignon 2006. Orovela is the traditional lyrical song of the lone ploughman which seems quite apt as this bottle originates from the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, between the Black and Caspian Seas. The soil here has a rich viticulture and ensures that each bottle is rich and velvety.
This particular bottle is created from a blend of historic grape variety saperavi, unique to Georgia, and the heavy-weight champion of the wine world, cabernet sauvignon. On first look, its deep ruby red colour promises an intense aroma and flavour, and that’s exactly what it provides. This wine is overflowing with the aroma and flavour of berries, particularly black mulberry and cherry. While many wines from Central and Eastern Europe can be accused of being too acidic, this wine is smooth and effortless to drink. Nevertheless, it is best matched to food such as traditional Georgian grilled meat dishes. I enjoyed this particular bottle with some beef and chicken shashlyk, served with a red pepper sauce, buckwheat kasha and salad.
Orovela Cuvee Chandrebi Saperavi Cabernet Sauvignon 12.5% Vol. 750ml, £12.99
Plus, remember when ordering your bottle that 10% of the Georgian Wine Society’s profits go to the charity ‘EveryChild’ which provide childcare programs in Georgia