Wine of the Week: Georgian Orovela Saperavi Cabernet Sauvignon

Orovela Cuvee Chandrebi Saperavi Cabernet Sauvignon

Orovela Cuvee Chandrebi Saperavic Cabernet SauvignonGeorgia 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

Wine of the Week: Orovela Cuvee Chandrebi Mtsvane Rkatsiteli

Orovela Cuvee Chandrebi Mtsvane RkatsiteliGeorgia is said to be the original birthplace, or cradle, of wine as it is believed that the practise of wine-making has been taking place in the region for more than 7000 years.  During this time it has been renowned for its wine, counting the royal, rich and famous across Eastern Europe as its most loyal fans.  However, with interest in wine and wine production increasing, Georgian wines are beginning to gain recognition in the UK.  The Georgian Wine Society, makes the enjoyment of these Eastern luxuries more possible than ever before.  Extending its range since its incredibly successful inception, The Georgian Wine Society has now added wines from Orovela to its range.

The Orovela Cuvee Chandrebi Mtsvane Rkatsiteli is a rich, golden white wine.  Rich and buttery, not unlike Chardonnay but with a greater mineral taste, it is a superb alternative white to enjoy with poultry, seafood or salad dishes.  The blend of 85% mtsvane with 15% rkatsiteli produces a particularly smooth, but very clean and crisp wine.  In fact, it even boasts a slight hint of juicy apples, under an aroma of strong tropical fruits.  This wine is simply summer in a bottle.  Its aroma and flavour instantly transport one back to the bustling streets of Tbilisi during an intense summer heat, with the smell and tastes of natural and delicious local foods wafting from cafes and restaurants on a very slight breeze.  However, instead of waiting to enjoy this while on one’s travels, purchase a bottle to enjoy at home and introduce friends and family to the joys of Georgian wine.

The Orovela Mtsvane Rkatsiteli 2007 – £12.99 – 13% ABV

To purchase Georgian wine or find out more visit The Georgian Wine Society.

10% of all the society’s profits go to the charity EveryChild’s – childcare programs in Georgia.

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