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Marani Kondoli Vineyards Sami

Winegrowing region:
Kakheti viticulture region.
Climate type:
Moderate continental
Wine classification:
Estate owned single vineyrd wine.
Varietal composition:
Alexandreuli 50% Saperavi 25%, Merlot 25%
Grape source:
100% Kondoli vineyards, north facing bank of Alazani River.
Grape yeald:
6-7 ton/hectare.
Wine type:
Dry vintage red.
Cellaring:
Now, but will be benefited by
5-6 years of aging
Wine analysis:
Alc.13% vol; Res. Suger: <4 g/l; T/A: 4,5-5,5g/l.
 

Vintages

2009

Vinification

Selected blocks of Saperavi, Alexandreuli and Merlot of Kondoli vineyards have been green harvested during the first days of véraison (August) in order to artificially reduce the grape yield down to 7 tons per hectare and thus increase the overall quality and concentration of remaining fruit. All three (three means Sami in Georgian) grapes Alexandreuli, Saperavi and Merlot were hand harvested in small boxes, hand sorted in our winery and then gently de-stemmed and crushed for farther fermentation, which took place in open lid 225 l barriques fermented. During the whole process of fermentation cap management was performed only by hand punching, thus overall mechanical impact on grape skins has been minimized and ensured soft extraction of tannin and coloring elements. After the 20 day long maceration, wine was transferred to closed oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 month. Coarse filtration complemented by bottling and farther maturation in our cellar before the release.

Tasting Notes

Color:
Ruby color.
Aromas and Palate:
Saperavi, with its deep red colour, intense black fruit juice aromas and big body, Alexandreali – lighter colour and texture full of strawberry and sweet vanilla notes and Merlot with its concentrated ripe fruit aromas at mid-palate and touch of green grass at the end compose a perfectly balanced wine with bright crimson and brick rim at the edge.Complex and rich nose is dominated by red berries and cherry, with some mint, spiciness and toasted oak notes.