What is Kvevri (sometimes also spelled Qvevri)? It´s a large clay amphorae dug in the ground which has been used for thousands of years to make white and red wines in Georgia. Clay vessels were used for winemaking and wine transportation all around ancient Europe but Georgia is the place where it all started and where it actually still continues in a large scale.
Unbelievably juicy wine boasting of all kinds of black fruits, dried herbs and spice. It has very precise and soft tannin structure although it didn’t spent a single minute in oak barrel. That’s what clay vessels are all about – creating great fruit aromas and flavours yet providing perfectly shaped tannic backbone.
Optimal serving temperature: 15 – 17 °C
Region: New England
Variety: Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo)
Alcohol content: 13.5%
RS: 0.3 g/l
TA: 6.4 g/l
Bottle size: 750 ml
Cellaring potential: to 2023.
Production: Miniscule. 780 bottles produced.
90 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion, Aug 2019
Hand-picked, destemmed, wild-fermented in Georgian 600l clay amphorae. Turbid colour; a substantial wine, with a thatch of unkempt tannins and overall plummy fruits laced with strings of dark spice.