Schuchmann - M4 2011

Schuchmann

M4 2011

Kisishevi, Georgia


Introduction

I bought this bottle in the beautiful and excellent Schuchmann restaurant in Tbilisi; but I wait to come back home to share it with my parents. It is a blend of the autochthone Saperavi, and international varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The grapes ferment 20 days in Qvevri (clay amphorae) and then they age 24 months in Barrique. When I bough I had really high expectations. Gaumarjos!


Appearance

In the glass the wine has a ruby colour with garnet rim. The intensity is medium to deep.


Nose

The aromas intensity is medium plus. There is a light fragrance of violet and blackcurrant leaf, followed by a mix of black fruits, especially the black cherry and the sour cherry. A hint on liquorice and cloves gives an exotic touch to the aromatic palette.


Palate

In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). Both flavour intensity and finish are medium. On the palate, the fruits are a bit more concentrated, but they are quite far to excite the drinker. Light note of cedar and smoke try to make the wine more vibrant.


Conclusion

Probably you have already understood that this wine has been a bit disappointing. I was favourably impressed by the Saperavi produced by Schuchmann, that costs a third of this bottle, so I was expecting something quite thrilling. Overall, this nectar is quite boring, plain aromas with no sign of evolution. Also the tertiaries, that should have developed during the 8 years from the harvest, are quite feeble. Just a bunch of fruits.


Final vote: 88


Price: 59.5€ at geovino.eu

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