Rkatsiteli (Quevri) – Alaverdi Monastery


Price: 21.99 GBP (Equivalent per bottle) ABV: 13%

We guarantee you will never have tried a wine remotely like this before! Where do we start? Perhaps with Simon Woolf’s recent review on Tim Atkin MW’s website:

“This is the wine that first won me over to the charms of the qvevri – the most astoundingly complex nose of tea leaves, baked apples, jasmine, herbs and plum compote (and bear in mind my description does not remotely do it justice). Very much an amber/orange style, with chewy but perfectly ripe tannins – and yet the fruit shines through effortlessly. Outstanding. (95 points)”

This Rkatsiteli is created by Friar Gerasim of the Alaverdi Monastery in the Kakheti region of Georgia, in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. The Monastery itself was founded in the 6th century, and their winery dates from the 11th century - Rkatsiteli grapes from 4o year old vines are bought from, or are donated by, organic and natural growers from within its very large congregation. The wine is fermented with skins and stems inside the traditional Georgian quevri, and left on the skins and stems for 3-6 months. There is no filtering or fining, and only minimal amounts of sulphur added. Unoaked.

Matured in bottle for 8 months before a limited release of 6,700 bottles.