Soliko Tsaishvili's wines instantly transport you back to a crisp late October evening by a Kakhetian fireside, where friends are cooking mtsvadi (open fire grilled pork) in preparation for a feast. This 2013 Our Wine Rkatsiteli has as much character as its wine maker. Soliko started making wine as a hobby 30 years ago. He now farms 13.5 acres in Kakheti under biodynamics, some vineyards reaching 50 years old. Everything about this wine is done by hand by Soliko and his family destems the grapes and then adds some stems back along with the grapes in the traditional Georgian earthenware qvevri. After a spontaneous fermentation, the wine remains in the qvevri for about six months. That extended skin and stem contact makes for gripping wine, almost more food than drink.
Wine Making & Technical Details
Grapes: 100% Rkatsiteli
Vineyards: Tsarapi, Bio-dynamically Farmed
Maceration: 6 months
Sulfites: Only Naturally Occurring
From Wine Enthusiast "Intensely smoky and earthy on the nose and palate, this Georgian qvevri-aged wine is a showcase of minerality and textural complexity. It’s a savory wine with bristling tannins, and it bears just a hint of citrus that keeps the palate fresh and bright."
• Firewood Grilled Pork
• Roasted Chicken and Herbs
Points of Distinction
• Smokey Tannic
• Authentic Kakhetian Wine
• Rustic and Cloudy