Makaridze - Tsolikouri 2018
Aged for 6 months in qvevri then in stainless steel for 5 months. Light straw gold in the glass, just-ripe pineapple, lemon oil, field flowers and hints of cumin on the nose. The slightly higher alcohol content (13.7%) lends both weight and length to the wine, however it stays acidic and fresh. Limey, salty - bit of a margarita vibe!
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Giorgi Makaridze is based in Terjola, which located in the Imereti Lowlands in western Georgia, on the right bank of the Chkhara river. The town sits around 170 m above sea level but Makaridze’s 25 year old vines grow on slopes of 250-300m elevation, where soils are clay over limestone. He currently has Tsitska, Tsolikauri and Otskhanuri Sapere(red varietal). Fruit is harvested between early to mid-October and all the wines are made in qvevri. Tsitska is more delicate varietal; thin skinned, late ripening and more difficult to grow that Tsolikauri, which tends to be more robust, bigger leaves, higher yield, thicker skins.