Oroleva - Saperavi 2008

Updated: Jan 9


Saperavi 2008

Kakheti, Georgia

In a couple of days I will take off towards the Caucasus for to explore some vineyards over there. As I am quite excited for this trip, I have decided to uncork a Georgian wine tonight. This nectar is a 100% Saperavi grape from the east region of Kakheti. This is a Teinturier grape, that is its flesh and juice is red in colour due to anthocyanin pigments accumulating within the pulp of the grape berry itself. Unfortunately the producer does not give details about the wine-making technique. We just know that that it ages in oak. Gaumarjos!


In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is deep.


The aroma intensity is medium 20 minutes after the uncorking. There is a light hint of black fruits, violet and black pepper. The primary aromas just mentioned are actually overwhelmed by quite intense tertiaries as farmyard and earth. There are also notes of charred wood, toast, coffee and chocolate. These are secondary flavours developed during the oak aging. At first impact the aromatic palette is not really vibrant, but as the nectar starts to breath then it become fresher and fresher, with the primary aromas coming out and the tertiary fading a bit. So beyond the fruits and the spices, there are also some balsamic and herbal notes. I’ve just realized that is a 2008. So probably I should have opened earlier or use a decanter.


In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13 %). The aroma intensity is medium plus. The fresh fruits become the core of the aromatic wave. There is also a beautiful note of clove. The nectar is vibrant and succulent. Forget the sensation of stale got at the first sniff. The wine flows wonderfully!


The first glass was a bit disappointing. But then, minute after minute, the wine has begun showing its beauty. More than 10 years later, it is still fresh at the nose and pure velvet on the palate. It is great by its own, but even with vegetables. I had it with an aubergines caponata, simply perfect! Drink it now; it would be a sin not to enjoy its lively fragrance. Just be careful with the last pouring, there are some sediments at the bottom of the bottle. Another nice present from Georgia!

Final vote: 91

Price: £16.99 on waitrose.com

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