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Satrapezo Saperavi

Winegrowing region:
KAKHETI viticulture region.
Climate type:
Moderate continental
Wine classification:
Estates limited release
Varietal composition:
Saperavi 100%
Grape source:
SAPERAVI S01 block of Kondoli vineyards.
Grape yield:
4-5 ton/hectare.
Wine type:
Dry vintage red.
Cellaring:
Now, but will be benefited by decades of aging.
Total Production:
10 000-0,75l bottles.
Packaging:
0,75X6 bottle cartons. Individual cartons are available at additional cost.

Vintages

2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007  |  2006  |  2004

Vinification

Selected block, SAPERAVI S01, of Kondoli vineyards has been green harvested during the first days of véraison (August) in order to artificially reduce the grape yield down to 4-5 tons per hectare and thus increase the overall quality and concentration of remaining fruit. At the end of September the grapes were hand harvested in small boxes, hand sorted in our winery, gently de-stemmed and lightly crushed into historical Georgian clay wine vessels "KVEVRI", buried in the winery’s earthen floor. The fermentation was performed by natural yeast, found on grape skins. During the whole process of fermentation, which has been held naturally maximum at 26°C, cap management has been performed only by hand punching, thus overall mechanical impact on grape skins has been minimized, ensuring soft extraction of color and tannins from the grape skin. After the long, up to 1 month of maceration, the wine was decanted and transferred gently into traditional new oak barriques for 24 months’ further maturation. The wine was bottled unfiltered, complemented by 6 month bottle aging in our cellar before the release.

Tasting Notes

Color:
Deep red color with bricky line on the rim.
Aromas:
The nose reveals complex vanilla oak and Concentrated forest berries aromas.
Palate:
Black fruit flavors and ripe silky oak tannins are dominant on the initial palate. The middle palate is round, full and soft. Fresh, clean black currant flavors and liquorice notes are balanced by attractive oak and ripe grape-tannin complexity.