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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
With both his saperavi and mtsvane-rkatsiteli blend, Gia Togonidze contributes a sense of refinement, precision, and beauty to the Georgian wine conversation. As a professional artist, Gia focuses not on creating wines of brute textural and aromatic force through extended skin-macerations and long-term aging in qvevri (subterranean clay amphora). Instead he applies a clear aesthetic vision for how these native Georgian grapes can fully express terroir with precise and minimally invasive vinification.
Gia’s vineyards are adjacent to the Satlianiskhevi River, just outside the city of Telavi in the region of Kakheti. He follows traditional family practices of non-irrigated, chemical free viticulture. Kakheti’s “cinnamonic” soils are comprised of reddish, sandy, calcareous clays. The hue is a function of high iron content which also imparts a depth of flavor and rustic, earthy notes to the wines of this region.
The 2018 saperavi almost erupts with ripe and stewed black fruits followed by lacey violet tones. The deep purple wine makes a deep impact on the palate as well - acid and tannin are balanced but in abundance. Licorice, smoke, savory spice notes further accent this multi-layered red. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.