2018 Vino Martville Krakhuna

Vino Martville |Imereti |Krakhuna
Vibrant Georgian yellow/ amber wine with light skin contact, made from the Krakhuna grape.

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Zaza Gagua and his wife Keto Ninidze both have their own wine labels, based in Samegrelo in Western Georgia, making traditional lo-fi, natural wines in the munipality of Martvili.

Vino Martville is Zaza's project - he recently updated the name to a more historical name 'Martivilis Marani'.

This delicious amber wine is actually a rather light, tangy release, a world away from the power and bitterness of Pheasant's Tears and others. Krakhuna is a native white grape, one of many indigenous varieties that he cultivates, and it is fermented and aged in the local clay qvevri.

It's zippy and tarty, and full of natural life.

My grandfather was engaged in viticulture and winemaking, he taught me this as a child which is how I fell in love with this craft.
It was a long time before I started to make wine professionally however in 2012 I started to work on the government initiative of the wine route signs which introduced me to my current partners. While working on this project, I met some natural winemakers who inspired me to start making wine in Samegrelo where no one was currently producing natural wine, but this region has a long history of winemaking.

In partnership with my partners in 2012, Vino Martvili was born, and we made just 400 bottles of Ojaleshi in 2012. These days our company produces 7000 bottles of wine Wine became the most important thing in my life and completely changed my life and my family's life. Since 2015 Keto Ninidze (my wife) has started her own small family cellar “Oda”. We moved from the capital of Tbilisi to Samegrelo in Western Georgia and here with our children we produce natural wine.

Region: Samegrelo, Georgia
Blend: Krakhuna (100%)
ABV: 12.00%
Closure: 750ml
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93 Points - "West and north of Imereti, way out in a village called Targameuli. A small time on skins, so let’s say a yellow rather than orange wine.

Savoury start, sweet earthiness, smoke, then ripe citrus, cider apples. Good, unique and strong perfume. Palate is juicy, bright and lively with building pucker of chalkiness, more lemon-lime zing, tart green apple, talc-like mineral characters. Really compelling drinking. Texture a highlight." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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