Badagoni - Mukuzani 2016

Updated: Dec 2, 2019

Badagoni

Mukuzani 2016

Kakheti, Georgia

This nectar comes from Georgia. People were used to swirl wines at that latitude already 8000 years ago. It is made solely with Saperavi grapes grown in the Mukuzani micro-viticulture area of the Kakheti region. The wine is matured 8-12 months in French oak barrels in a cellar clad with 300 years old Georgian bricks. Mukuzani is a dry red wine of appellation of controlled origin (AOC). Gaumarjos!


Appearance

In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear but toward the end you may find some trace of tartar (perhaps, anyway I am still alive).


Nose

The aromas intensity is medium to medium plus. There is a nice violet, followed by fresh red fruits. Once the wine has breathed even more, the fig, rising, preserved fruits and pepper come out. The oak aging process donated hint of cedar, charred wood and toast. As tertiary there is elegant fine leather.


Palate

The wine is dry, with high level of acidity and medium plus tannin. The alcohol (13%) warms the palate, but without burning, it is actually a really nice sensation. The wine is vibrant, the fruit is rich and there are lovely toasted notes. The flavour intensity is medium plus and the finish is long.


Conclusion

I really enjoyed this wine. It has been the perfect companion for a tick dry aged steak rare cooked. The nectar is balanced, with lovely tannins and a never-ending rich finish. Probably it lacks a bit of complexity, but the fruit is so succulent and fresh that it is really hard to stop yourself pouring a glass after another. On the negative side, the price is not extremely competitive. But be curious, and give it a chance! In my trip in Georgia, I tried also the vintage 2017, same impression.


Final vote: 90


Price: £21.4 at Hedonism Wines

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