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INTRODUCTION TO GEORGIAN

 As the wine that was the inspiration for Turton Wines' founding, Georgian wine continues to have unrivalled breadth. Georgia sits on the far eastern edge of Europe, bordering Russia to the north, Turkey to its south and Azerbaijan and Armenia along the south and east. This unique location on the edge of Europe and Asia brings the benefits of the Caucausus mountain range with its valleys and rivers along Georgia’s north, and the Black Sea to the west.

Widely acknowledged as the cradle of viticulture, Georgia began production over 8,000 years ago and has protected sites of ancient winemaking. So intertwined with local culture, it is still common to see small family-owned plots. Mass plantings are often avoided in general, meaning a higher chance of wines made from low yields that provide greater depth, flavour, and concentration. Today, more than 500 varieties of native grapes are used for winemaking.

The earliest evidence of winemaking in the world was in Georgia, pottery, decorated with grape clusters, showing remnants of wine from 8,000 years ago. These ancient jars would be the beginnings of the unique Georgian Qvevri; large clay jars that were, and still are, sealed and buried underground for fermentation and maturation. This method and some of the ancient winemaking sites using it are have protected UNESCO status as an essential part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The traditional method, still used today by many, is to press grapes and pour the juice along with skins and stems into the Qvevri, which is sealed and buried undergound. This is usually for a minimum of 5 to 6 months. There are various adaptations to this bringing a wider range that can provide Qvevri character whilst still appealing to a fresher, modern palate.

Usually made from white wine grapes, these wines will often be of amber-orange colour and show characteristics of both white and red wines. Flavours will be of white fruit, sometimes stewed with honey elements, but red wine tannins and an ability to age for long periods in bottle.

 

THE WINES

Click the wines below to be taken to the wine product page online and full description and tasting notes for each wine:

delicious and characterful wine which showcases the floral aromatics and vivacity of their terroir and grapes. Fresh aromas of citrus, peach and green apples before a light, crisp palate. It is delicious with canapes, tempura, calamari and crispy fried chicken.
It’s a bright, greenish yellow wine, with soft subtle aromas of apple and almond. The palate brings a slightly peppery first taste, followed by a creamier and fruitier finish. Classy and elegant. Try with salads, grilled vegetables, steamed fish, citrus chicken dishes, or mild hard cheeses.
Full bodied, with gently intense peach, stewed apple and dried apricot flavours. The exotic, mouth filling palate has a dry and gently tannic finish. Try with roast chicken or vegetables and mature cheeses.

This deep cherry coloured wine has strong, distinct aromas of dried black plum and sour cherry. These fall on to the palate alongside blackberry and blueberry, with pleasant acidity balancing full tannins. Try with roasted red meats, flavourful casseroles, rich tomato pastas, or mature hard cheeses.

This Tbilvino Mukuzani is no exception and shows aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate with a sprinkling of vanilla and spice. There’s generous ripe mouth-filling fruit on the palate, with notes of damson and black treacle, followed by robust tannins. Try with pan fried steak, venison, aubergine dishes, mature cheddar or smoke cheeses.