Sam Miranda Saperavi 2013
The return of a favourite! Displaying immense colour and tannins and its red flesh is unique amongst red grapes. This wine will age gracefully for the next 5 - 10 years.
Saperavi is Georgia’s main red wine grape variety, and it is planted throughout the many wine growing countries of the former Soviet Block. Ripe Saperavi has immense colour and tannins, and its red flesh is unique amongst wine grapes. We have pioneered the use of this magnificent variety in Australia for over a decade
The Saperavi grape originated in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia and now is spread throughout its entire territory (Kakheti, Saingilo, Kartli, Shavshet-Klardjeti, Imereti, Guria, Racha and Lechkhumi). Georgia is known as one of the oldest winemaking regions of the world, with archeological research showing evidence of cultivation dating to 6000-5000 BC. The Saperavi variety is one of the oldest cultivars from the region, and has consistently been the most important in Georgia's commercial winemaking industry.
Saperavi grapes are used predominantly in Georgia, but have spread to other regions of Eastern Europe more recently. Saperavi cultivars are also being grown in New World wine regions; notably in Finger Lakes, New York area vineyards. It has shown promising results for a few growers in Australia, where it was pioneered in the King Valley Region of North East Victoria.
Notable Georgian wines made exclusively or predominately with Saperavi grapes:
- Saperavi; a semi-sweet wine to dry wine, aged for 1 year, produced in multiple regions. One of the most common wines made from this grape, not specific to any region.
- Kindzmarauli; a semi-sweet wine, aged for 2 years, produced in the Kvareli region. Grapes are harvested later than for most other wines made from Saperavi.
- Akhasheni; a semi-sweet wine similar to Kindzmarauli, produced in the Gurdzhaani region.
- Mukuzani; a dry wine, aged for 3 years, produced in the Mukuzani region. It is sourced from the best of the local vintages; and is considered the best of the Georgian wines.
- Alazani; a light semi-sweet wine, produced in the Alazani region. A blend of 60% Saperavi and 40% Rkatsiteli. The warmer climate produces sweeter grapes than other regions.
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- World's Earliest Wine. Archeology, vol. 49 (1996), Retrieved 24 February 2004.
- "Apéritif - Anthony J. Hawkins WINEGRAPE GLOSSARY". aperitif.no. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- "Saperavi". Vitis International Variety Catalogue. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
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