Dry Whites

Kondoli Mtsvane-Kisi 2008

The Kondoli range is specially selected from Telavi Wine Cellar’s own vineyards with a focus on limited yields and top quality. This is a 50:50 blend of two of Georgia’s best white grapes  - the delicately aromatic Kisi and zesty Mtsvane.  It is a delightful pale lemon yellow wine with pretty aromas of apple blossom and green pear.  On the palate, it’s dry, crisp and zingy with a pure lingering finish. Perfect with pasta, chicken and pan fried fish dishes.

 

Rkatsiteli

A single varietal example of Georgia’s most widely planted indigenous white grape, here grown in the Kakheti region.  It’s a pale golden wine, with light lemon and honey scents.  It’s fresh and zesty on the palate, with notes of crunchy apple.  A simple but appealing wine, ideal for drinking with seared chicken, rice dishes and grilled fish.

Rkatsiteli

Kondoli Rkatsiteli/Mtsvane 2005

A fascinatingly mature white from Georgia’s most popular white the steely Rkatsiteli, and lemony Mtsvane, harvested from Telavi’s own estate vineyards.  It has complex, honeyed, ripe apple aromas, and its crisp and steely on the palate with just a hint of buttered toffee.  A good partner to roast chicken or salmon.

Kondoli Rkatsiteli Mtsvane

Tsolikouri

A very pretty dry white wine made from 100% Tsolikouri grapes, an indigenous variety grown in the Tvishi appellation in northern Georgia’s Lechkhumi region.  It has inviting floral aromas with hints of rose petal and Muscat grapes, and to taste is fresh dry and appley with mouth-watering crispness. A lovely choice with dishes like garlicky prawns, pan-fried white fish and summery salads.

Tsolikouri

Satrapezo 10 Kvevri 2007

A modern interpretation of Georgia’s most historic white wine produced from Rkatsiteli using techniques dating back around 6,000 years.  It’s undergone a long maceration on skins in clay jars (called Kvevri) buried under the floor of the winery, and allowed to ferment with just the natural yeast found on the grape skins.  After that it’s been racked off into small French oak barrels for a further 10 months of ageing to ensure real finesse and complexity.  The resulting wine is a rich golden colour, with complex aromas of baked apple, dried pear and quince, overlaid with creamy vanilla hints.  In the mouth, it’s serious and weighty with intense fruit and surprising structure for a white wine, which will enable it to age elegantly.  An intriguing snapshot of tradition, but don’t serve it too cold – just lightly chilled - and enjoy it with full flavoured poultry, pheasant and pork or veal dishes.

Satrapezo Kvevri

Tsinandali 2007

A single estate wine from one of Georgia’s best-regarded appellations of origin.  Tsinandali is located in the province of Kakheti in eastern Georgia where the nearby mountains keep the climate cool enough for fresh pure whites.  This is a blend of Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane aged in oak for added complexity.  On the nose it has creamy pear notes and a hint of acacia blossom.   On the palate, it is dry, fresh and lively with notes of quince and a subtle hint of vanilla.  Try it with poultry, quiche or fresh fish.

Tsinandali

Tsinandali 2007 Special Reserve

This single estate blend of Georgia’s local Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane has been made from a careful selection of the best grapes from the harvest, grown in the renowned Tsinandali appellation in eastern Georgia.  It’s been both fermented and aged in French oak barrels giving lovely integration of creamy notes and apple crumble aromas. It has a silky texture on the palate, with flavours of vanilla and apple and crisp, zesty acidity adding freshness.    A good partner with nutty sauces on pasta or chicken (a very traditional Georgian combination) or perhaps with rosé veal.

 

Mtsvane 2008

A pretty golden wine made from hand selected pure Mtsvane.  It’s gently honeyed with notes of ripe apricot on the nose followed by an appetising, rounded, creamy texture in the mouth, with hints of apricot and almond, and a long finish.  A good match with creamy pasta dishes, salads and seafood.

 

Chardonnay –Rkatsiteli 2007

An appealing white “east meets west” blend of international Chardonnay and local Georgian favourite Rkatsiteli.   It’s rich golden yellow, with pineapple and creamy peach notes on the nose and palate.  The tropical Chardonnay characters are enhanced by the crisp apple freshness of Rkatsiteli making a harmonious blend that would work well mushroom dishes, pork and garlicky chicken.

Tsinandali

The mild climate of the Kakheti region in south eastern Georgia is particularly good for white wines.  Tsinandali is one of the most famous controlled appellations within the region, and noted for its whites.  This pale straw gold wine is produced from a blend of two local grape varieties: Mtsvane (20%) and Rkatsiteli (80%). It has subtle creamy and toasted nut aromas from partial ageing in French oak.  On the palate, it is crisp and fresh with hints of melon and fruit salad.  A stylish match with pan-fried fish, risotto or savoury tarts and quiches. 

Tsinandali

Hereti

This delicate dry table wine is produced from a blend of Georgia’s most widely planted white grape Rkatsiteli, which gives freshness and zest, along with Mtsvane which adds body and aroma.  The fruit is grown in Georgia’s renowned Kakheti region and, after gentle pressing, is fermented cool in stainless steel for maximum freshness.  The result is this light, crisp wine, with notes of apple and almonds.  Serve it well chilled with grilled fish and salads.