Ori Marani 'Nino' Brut Nature NV
Nino is a Non Vintage sparkling wine made according to the Champagne Method. Whereas a vintage wine is designed to highlight the strengths and differences between each vintage, a Non Vintage wine’s purpose is to recreate the same style and profile year on year. To do so, a reserve wine program using a “reserve perpetuelle” was created right at the beginning of the Ori Marani project. This reserve wine is kept in Qvevri giving to the reserve wine a singular Georgian identity.
The blend changes every year in order to aim Nino’s stylistic profile. However, Tsitka, Chinuri and Goruli Mstvane and a maximum of 15% reserve wine form the final blend. Nino is a Brut Nature, which means that at disgorgement zero sugar was added in order to keep the purity of the wine.
Technical information (Tirage 2018):
Blend: Tsistka, Chinuri, Goruli Mstvane
Terroirs: Rupoti (Imereti), Ateni and Lamiskana (Kartli) | Organic viticulture
Winemaking: 50% old French oak barrels / 50% Qvevri
Wild yeasts, no finning, no filtration
Tirage: May 2018
15 months on lees minimum | Brut Nature
A herbal, nutty and refreshing nose following to a textured almost zesty palate. Incredible detail and precision for such a young winery.
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.