Ori Marani 'Marta' 2018
Change of direction for Marta 2018, made with an experimental harvest of Tsitska instead of Chinuri for vintage 2017. Tsitska is rarely made according to Kakhetian method (6 months skin contact). The plan was to see if this grape that traditionally gave beautiful direct pressed wines could also create a beautiful amber wine. 100% of the grapes were put in Qvevri with skins and stems for 6 months. In March 2019, we pressed them and racked it to an old 350L French barrel for a further ageing of 1 year. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with a minimal amount of So2. Marta is definitely a Georgian wine but has Italian and Slovenian influences in the making which make it completely unique in Georgia.
Production : 460 bottles
In the glass, a deep amber colour. On the nose , the wine shows some earthy notes, liquorice, dried almonds and abricots. The mouth is textural, fresh and complex, lemons with dried apricots supported by hints of acacia honey. A Long and bright finish that highlights the wine’s soul.
Ori Marani, founded by husband and wife team Bastien Warskotte and Nino Gvantseladze in 2016 in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia, ranks among the most exciting wineries we have come across in the last few years. Bastien is originally from Champagne and grew up in a family of vignerons, graduating from the University of Burgundy in Dijon before heading out to gain experience in wineries across Bordeaux, Provence, Australia, South Africa and Canada. Nino is Georgian, with a degree in business administration and a masters in strategic management plus fluent Georgian, Russian, English and Spanish is ideally placed to take care of the administration of the winery.
Organic farmed grapes are sourced from three areas of Georgia – Kakheti, Kartli (where the winery is situated) and Imereti. After harvest, spontaneous fermentations take place in Qvevri and old French barrels with the aim of bringing out the bright, pure expression that Bastien considers an essential characteristic in his wines. Given Bastien’s background, the focus of the project is on traditional method sparkling wines and the diverse soils and expositions across three regions where the grapes are sourced allow him the freedom to blend across wines to achieve balance, freshness and consistency. Bastien is so committed to championing local produce and traditions that the ‘Areva’ bottling is primed for it’s secondary fermentation with local honey. All of the wines, still and sparkling are made in a low-intervention manner with tiny amounts of sulphite the only addition. All show a clear, pure fruit profile and a delicacy of touch that allows the native varieties to shine. We are excited and humbled to be working with Bastien and Nino on their adventure and to share these amazing new wines in the UK.