We were at G.Vino picking over the list with notebooks and half memories like hyenas over bones and our waiter, initially I think relieved to be talking to tourists who’d even tried a local wine, was I think beginning to find it an itsy bitsy bit of a challenge to recommend something we’d not tried: something I say by the way not to sound like a dick but because after drinking about 40 different wines in 6 days was true.
Until he did and it was a 2015 Chortauli / Khikhvi blend made as a collaboration between Ramaz Nikoladze (Imereti region) who we never met and Niki Antadze (Kakheti) who we had and did you know he used to run a club in Berlin cool huh? that they’re calling “Georgian Vine Foundation” and what I’m calling the closest I’ve come to drinking a net bag stuffed full of bright sun blaze mandarins cold fresh pressed, squish, swish-decanted, pits, pith, leaf, stem, skins and all to make juice clouded flouro orange in the glass, sweet damp hay and citrus breeze running fresh through your kumquat ok, tangerine dreams and all the while sparkling diamond laser cutting mechanic clean and like I say, M A N D A R I N E S.
Georgian Vine Foundation Chortauli / Khikhvi, 2015 (170 bottles)
Chortauli / Khikhvi