Okro's Wines, Saperavi Budeshuri, 2018
Sighnaghi, Eastern Georgia
Founded in 2004, Okro’s Wines focuses on producing fine natural wine from regional Eastern Georgian grape varieties. All Okro’s wines are made with traditional Georgian techniques, and grapes are harvested organically with no chemical additives. Six Georgian varieties of grapes are grown on Okro’s 5.5-hectare estate: Rkatsiteli, Mtsvane, Saperavi, Budeshuri, Tsolikouri, and Tavkveri.
100% Budeshuri Saperavi (a very close cousin of Saperavi) from vines that have never been touched by chemicals, planted around the village of Tibaani at 400 meters altitude, in the famous wine region of Kakheti, in eastern Georgia. Vinification: Grapes in whole bunches are placed in qvevris – large Georgian amphorae buried up to their necks in the winery – followed by two weeks of maceration, and 22 months of ageing in qvevri.
A nose with notes of Amarena cherry, rosebud, plum, and a hint of smoke... Palate: rich, juicy, velvety, with a finish that highlights the sweetness of the fruit and a hint of acidity. A more consensual cuvée for those just discovering Georgian wine.