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Eniseli, Kakheti
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Rkatsiteli

Kindzmarauli subzone

Rkatsiteli

Rkatsiteli is arguably the most important grape in Georgia. Traditionally these white grapes don't make typical "white" wines. Here white grapes are fermented with the skins like red wine and have an amber color. The Rkatsiteli expresses savory citrus like persimmon and kumquat along with fleshier notes of pear and apricot and a slightly smoky flavor of incense, cedar, and earth. The woody notes come from the skins and tannin with a fine structure.

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Georgia is the oldest known wine region in the world with artifacts dating back nearly 6,000 years. Seeds from the Rkatsiteli grape were found in clay vessels dating back to 3,000 BC. This grape has a strong fortitude just like the Georgian people, resistant to the natural elements. The Georgian wine revolution has begun! Nine Oaks is one of these exciting new wineries focused on natural winemaking with traditional styles, investing in the time and research to improve them.

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Khikhvi

Kindzmarauli subzone

Khikhvi

A very rare grape originating out of the far eastern corner of Georgia. This grape is naturally low yielding and gives concentrated flavors. The rich amber color brings with it a density and tannic structure that is captivating. Fruit flavors abound with mandarin orange, ripe peach, and dried apricot. Floral and herbal notes include, jasmine, spearmint, and Rooibos tea. The texture is full and expressive with a minerality that is reminiscent of potters clay and beeswax.

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This white grape is treated like a red wine, fermented in Qvevri (large traditional clay pots) for one month with the skins. After fermentation, this natural wine is aged a year in tank to preserve the freshness and develop maturity. Because of lower yields, the Khikhvi grape fell out of fashion when Russia controlled the winemaking production, opting for quantity over quality.

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Kisi

Kindzmarauli subzone

Kisi

Kisi is another rare grape from the Kakheti region in Georgia. It buds late and ripens early so it enjoys a cooler climate. The rich amber color brings with it a rich floral character of herbal tea. The fruits are a little tropical with mango and exotic citrus. On the nose is a combination of orange flowers, lemon balm, and wild fresh herbs. The palate is grippy with tannin and the finish is bright and lingering.

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Kisi was another grape that was overlooked and ignored by Russian occupation in the 20th century. Exciting new projects, like Nine Oaks, are preserving these wonderful gifts of nature and bringing them back from extinction. The Nine Oaks project was started in 2012 with just over 4 hectares of Kisi. Fermented in the traditional Qvevri for one month on the skins, this wine remains in tank for one year before bottling. Natural wine with native yeast and no additives.

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Saperavi

Kindzmarauli subzone

Saperavi

This is no ordinary red grape. There are thousands of red grapes but only a handful have red flesh like this one. The dark flesh of the grape expresses a deep purple hue, signifying body and power. Aromatics of black fruits like currant, blackberry, and plum balance with savory, peppery notes and dry earth. This Saperavi is a full bodied, dry wine that is dense and satisfying with relaxed tannins.

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"Teinturier" this is the fancy French term for red fleshed grapes like Saperavi. The species of grape used to make fine wines is called Vitis Vinifera, and there are estimated to be more than 10,000 varieties. there are only 12 known grapes with this red flesh. Pretty special right? This is a whole new red wine experience. A natural wine that is rich and powerful. It has a meaty presence, perfect for cooler nights and hearty comfort foods.

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