Friday, November 17, 2017
SAPERAVI: AUSTRALIA MEETS GEORGIA
A trio of interesting Saperavis came my way recently. A very old variety that originated in southwestern Georgia (the word in fact means ‘dyer’ in Russian), Saperavi has exceptional colour, partly derived from its skin, but also from its pink juice (prior to fermentation). It also holds its acidity well, ripening late in the season. It has grown in presence over the past couple of years, Hugh Hamilton one of its strongest supporters. For wine trivia games, Robinson records that four clones have been identified including Saperavi Grdzelmarcvala and Saperavi Mskhvilmarcvala (Wine Grapes, p949).
2015 Hugh Hamilton Wines The Oddball Saperavi
Strong, deep crimson-purple hue; as uncompromisingly full-bodied as expected, but not tannic or bitter. Indeed, you are left to look for texture, whether it be fruit, oak or tannin derived.
Available to 'Black Sheep Club' members only | Drink to 2022
2014 Hugh Hamilton Wines Oddball the Great Saperavi
Deep colour, though not as bright as the younger sibling. This has the extract missing from the ’15 The Oddball, presumably due to the low yield across most varieties and regions in southern Aus that year. Imaginative packaging is a plus, especially the metal button fixed on the neck of the unusual neck of the bottle.
Available to 'Black Sheep Club' members only | Drink to 2024
2014 Hugh Hamilton Wines The Quirky Georgian Saperavi
Uses precisely the same unusual but attractive swan neck bottle employed by its South Aus sisters. Impressive wine, free of any technical faults. Its blackberry, tarry fruit flavours have a welcome share of tannins, and a freshness from the low-ish alcohol and pH. Made in Georgia in collaboration with Lado Uzunashvili.
Available to 'Black Sheep Club' members only | Drink to 2026
Posted by James Halliday