TN Two Qvevris from Tbilvino

Discussion in 'UK Wine Forum' started by Otto Nieminen, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Orange wines are still pretty rare here so I'm always interested in trying any that become available. Today I noticed two from a big Georgian producer, Tbilvino, made in qvevris - those large amphorae-like clay containers which are buried in the ground for ageing.

    Tbilvino Qvevris Rkatsiteli 2014 - 100% Rkatsiteli; 12,5% abv; c.16€
    Gold colour and smells like a sweet wine of such colour! Aromatic, floral and honeyed I was kind of expecting something like Mosel Auslese but instead it is dry and slightly tannic. It is moderate in body, refreshing despite not having high acidity, clean and fun. Quite an easy style of orange wine. Very nice. Buy again? Oh yes.

    Tbilvino Qvevris Kisi 2015 - 100% Kisi; 13% abv; c.18€
    Also a gold colour but this has no aromas that would make me think sweet wine. It smells of fresh guavas. It is strongly tannic (but not so aggressively that it would take the fun out of the wine) and has the bite of an alligator. Yeah. I like it. Tbilvino might be a huge winery but they sure can make wine with personality. Buy again? Certainly.


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