The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Month: July 2021

Casreli – Erekle’s Wine 2019

This blend of four Kkaketian grape varieties was reputedly the favoured wine of King Erekle, an 18th century Georgian monarch. And Casreli certainly make it in a style that’s fit for a king. The aromas are entrancing and multifaceted, with Read more

Casreli – Chitistvala 2019

A fascinating blend, with the very rare Chitishvala making up 50% There’s lightness and lift here, with citrus juices and orchard fruits, plus a hint of sweetness or honey. Earthy, dried herb notes are present on the nose and the Read more

Casreli – Khikhvi 2019

The five doctors unleash their first Khikhvi, and it’s a goodie! Plenty of those starchy, baked fruit characters that I associate with this grape variety, but there’s lift and excitement – and wonderful, nutty tannins. Admittedly a bit grippy right Read more

Shalauri – Khikhvi 2017

Baked fruit and hot stones. This feels like spending a few hours in the desert on a parched hot summer’s day. The ripeness and dried out, scratchy tannins are a bit unrelenting, and the alcohol starts to stick out.

DoReMi – Mtsvane Amber Dry 2019

No holds barred Mtsvane, with a beautiful and exotic nose that reminds me of jasmine green tea, kiwi,starchy papaya and iodine. Plenty of fruit and lovely acidity on the attack. Right now this is seriously tannic, drying and a bit Read more

DoReMi – Chinebuli 2019

A bright and typical Kartli style, with starchy green apple and some earth and dried herbs on the nose. Very light bodied with fresh acidity, but no shortage of character – both from Chinuri (which is 80% of the blend) Read more

DoReMi – Mtsvane 2019

A light version of this tannic grape, here made with just three days of skin contact (instead of the usual multiple months). Rich, honeyed and silken with some dusty, earthy notes on the nose. A little wild damson and herbs Read more

Dato Chikhladze’s Marani – Otskhanuri Sapere 2019

Dark fruited, mysterious and cacao-filled on the nose, this typical red grape from western Georgian feels almost Cabernet Franc like. It’s relatively light on texture, with some more savoury or vegetal notes. There’s a minty hint on the finish. A Read more