Ori Marani 'Nita' 2019
After a succesfull change of style from 2017 to 2018, with the use of semi-carbonic maceration, it was decided to harvest the Saperavi from a cooler terroir: Khashmi. Kashmi is a village in the Sagarejo municipality in the Kakheti region of Georgia. The Vineyard is at an altitude of approximately 700m and is organically farmed. The Grapes were harvested the 2nd of October, relatively late to allow for a fuller maturity. Meticulous sorting at the winery, before whole clusters were put directly in Qvevris, with an addition of pressed juice. Fermentation and maceration was around 20 days with indigenous yeasts. The wine was then racked in old French oak barrels and Qvevri to achieve malolactic fermentation and aged slowly for another 6 months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with a minimal amount of So2.
Production : 600 bottles
In the glass, a light red color with violet hue. On the nose, lots of fruits which includes cherries and wild strawberries, licorice, backed up by smooth tannins. Light bodied red wine, very fresh and delicate with a crisp and sapy finish. A wine with great personality and depth.
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.