Semi Sweet Reds

Khvanchkara 2007

A lovely example of Georgia’s tradition of natural semi-sweet reds, produced from a blend of local Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli grapes grown in the Racha region. The name may not be easy for western tongues but the wine itself is appealing, gently sweet without being cloying, and with red cherry and raspberry fruit notes, smooth tannins and balanced acids.  Chill it gently and enjoy it as a partner to mature farmhouse cheeses, or rich fruitcake.

Khvanchkara

Pirosmani

A different incarnation of Saperavi, still with its typical inky dark red colour, but here left with just a touch of sweetness. It’s actually not noticeably sweet to taste, but just has a lovely, soft, round style, appealing and easy to drink.   Ripe bramble and damson fruit notes are overlaid with a hint of spice and just enough grip on the finish. Enjoyable on its own or with hearty rustic cooking – chunky soups, stews and baked cheese dishes

Pirosmani

Ojaleshi

Semi-sweet red wines are a great Georgian tradition, though the idea may seem a little odd to western palates used to dry red wines.  Don’t let that mention of sweetness put you off, though as this is an intriguingly pleasant wine, made from the unique Georgian grape of the same name.  It’s light red in colour with notes of raspberry and redcurrant, and a distinctive twist of white pepper. Perfect for sipping with a plate of farmhouse cheeses and nuts, or with a slab of fruit cake

Ojaleshi

Kindzmarauli

Regarded as one of Georgia’s top appellations, and first delimited in 1942.  The wines from Kindzmarauli are vinified from Saperavi and always have a little natural residual sweetness.  This gives an appealing softness and rounded texture, rather than being obviously sweet and sticky.  Telavi’s version is a deep inky purple red with notes of crushed blackberry, damson jam, and spice.  To taste, it has vivid berry fruit and is gently sweet with supple tannins.  It would be a good combination with rich fruit cake, farmhouse cheeses or walnuts.

Kindzmarauli