Organic Qvevri Tsolikouri 2015 – Gotsa Family Wines

Organic Qvevri Tsolikouri 2015 – Gotsa Family Wines

Price: 17.99  GBP (Equivalent per bottle) ABV: 12%

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Winemaker Beka Gotsadze of Gotsa Family Wines is widely considered to be at the forefront of Georgian Natural Wine.

He is Certified Organic. Only vinifies local grape varieties. Does not use additives, nor fine/filter his wines. He ferments his wines with wild yeasts. Only uses burned sulphur when racking (i.e. never sulphur powder). And, works exclusively with qvevri (the local amphora).

However, what really sets him apart from his contemporaries is his reimagining of the qvevri. His fermentation qvevri have holes drilled in their bottoms so that he can transfer the juice into ageing qvevri by gravity; those qvevri are wrapped in silicon tubing that carries cool water from a nearby spring. By combining tradition with an innovative and forward-thinking approach Gotsadze has attained unique, well-balanced, and complex qvevri wines that can be laid down for at least 5 years.

Tsolikouri is a Georgian grape variety. It is a powerful grape that originates in the western region of Imereti, but it grows in most of the western provinces now. Due to its high acidity and balanced alcohol, it has the highest potential for ageing.

Gotsa’s Tsolikouri has a relatively short (by Georgian standards) maceration period of 15 days. It then spends 16 months in qvevri. A full bodied, complex and elegant wine with notes of citrus peel, green plums, and hazelnut.