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Archil Guniava

Archil Guniava Otskhanuri Sapere Tsolikouri 2019


no added sulfur

Country: Georgia

Region: Kakheti

Type: Red Wine

Grape: Otskhanuri Sapere/Tsolikouri 

Archil Guniava’s vineyard and cellar are located in Zestaphoni, Kvaliti Village. Vines are planted on a 1.5 hectare land at 300 meters above sea level where soil structure and climate are ideal for the cultivation of grapes. The farming is organic/biodynamic and Archil uses old Qvevris for his vinifications as well as natural winemaking methods. 

A blend of Otskhanuri Sapere and Tsolikouri grapes hand-harvested from half-trellised vines grown in clay soil. The white Tsolikouri grapes go into Qvevri first after a short maceration and press before the red Otskhanuri Sapere grapes are harvested in November, macerated, and pressed into the Qvevri along with some chacha (pomace and stems). The wine ages for a short period of time before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero additional sulfur.

Aromas of forest floor, dark red berries and savory tomato. Lightly tannic, with dense fruit and a long, smoky finish.