KONDOLI vineyards were first mentioned as a source of noble wines in 1742 by the
bibliographer Vakhushti Batonishvili in his book “life of Georgia” and since almost three
centuries have been the benchmark of quality, reflecting the best of Kakheti region.
Selected blocks of Saperavi, Alexandreuli and Merlot of Kondoli vineyards have been green
harvested during the first days of véraison (August) in order to artificially reduce the grape
yield down to 7 tons per hectare and thus increase the overall quality and concentration of
remaining fruit. All three (three means Sami in Georgian) grapes Alexandreuli, Saperavi
and Merlot were hand harvested in small boxes, hand sorted in our winery and then gently
de-stemmed and crushed for further fermentation, which took place in open lid 225l
barriques. During the whole process of fermentation cap management was performed only
by hand punching, thus overall mechanical impact on grape skins has been minimized and
ensured soft extraction of tannins and coloring elements. After the 20 day long maceration,
wine was transferred to closed oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and aging for 12
months. Coarse filtration complemented by bottling and further maturation in our cellar
before the release.
Saperavi, full-bodied with its deep red colour, intense black
fruit juice aromas and, Alexandreali – lighter colour and texture
full of strawberry and sweet vanilla notes and Merlot with its
concentrated ripe fruit aromas at mid-palate and touch of green
grass at the end, compose a perfectly balanced wine with bright
crimson and brick rim at the edge. Complex and rich nose is
dominated by red berries and cherry, with some mint, spiciness
and toasted oak notes.
Grilled beef, game and old cheese. t: 18°C.
We recommend decanting 1 hour prior to serving.