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Published June 17th 2015
Test your tastebuds on the Georgian Wines from Georgia
Am I a connoisseur of wines?
No, but I do like tasting and drinking wines.
Over the years I have been on a number of wine tasting tours in the Hunter Valley, Victoria and South Australia and have also taken part in a few wine tasting classes. But this still doesn't make me a wine connoisseur of wines by any means.
Do I know what I prefer to drink in the way of wines? Yes, I prefer reds than whites.
Did you know that Georgia has an 8,000 year history of continuous wine making tradition?
About 25% of the world's wine grape varietals are found only in Georgia. Of the 2,000 different grape varieties that exist in the world, 525 are of Georgian origin.
Georgians use an old traditional "Kakhetian" method, where they crush grapes with their skins, pips and stems and pack them inside a qvevri (large earthenware pot/clay vessel). The vessel is then sealed and buried underground during which time natural fermentation, filtration and maturation takes place.
Click here to watch and learn more about the ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making method.
So who are Tamada Wines?
Photo courtesy of Tamada Wines Pty Ltd.
They are an import, wholesale and distribution company specialising exclusively on Tbilvino wines, which are based in Sydney. They are the first and only company importing commercial quantity Georgian wines to Australia and their objective is to bring best quality Georgian wines to wine lovers in Australia at affordable prices, especially those who are looking for new and unique experiences.
Their wine is shipped to Australia using only refrigerated containers and it is then transported and stored at their temperature controlled warehouse to keep the wines at its premium standard.
Tamada Wines have selected a small range of 12 wine varieties and blends that have been produced by the prestigious Tbilvino, one of the largest exporters of Georgian wines. This renowned vineyards date back to 6000-8000BC and over many millennia, some 400 types of grapes have been grown.
During the past 10 years, Tbilvino wines have been highly recognised and awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at renowned and prestigious international wine competitions such as Decanter – UK, IWSC – UK, IWC – UK, Mundus Vini – Germany, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Belgium, to name just a few. Tbilvino is also a six-time winner of the prestigious Golden Brand title in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
What did I try and what did I think of them?
A good companion with spaghetti and spicy Asian dishes. Photo courtesy of Tamada Wines Pty Ltd.
A Red medium wine that has been produced in the Kakheti region from Saperavi and Rkatsiteli grapes. After the collection, the grape juice sits together with the skins for four days. The wine is then pressed off for its primary fermentation in tanks at 25/27 degrees Celsius. This wine offers rich aromas of fruits and rhubarb and has a beautiful garnet colour and a mild taste. They suggest that this wine is good to have with spaghetti and Asian spicy dishes.
I found the Sachino to be a wine that I wanted more of every time that I had a sip and it was a very easy wine to become fond of. The meal that I had with this was a pasta and bacon dish with a creamy sauce.
• ALAZANI VALLEY.
Good with light meals and salads. It is also great with fruit pies, pastries and chocolate. Photo courtesy of Tamada Wines Pty Ltd.
This wine is a semi sweet red wine also made from Saperavi and Rkatsiteli grapes which come from the valleys of the Alazani River. This warmer climate contributes to its natural sweetness and is lighter and less intense than other Georgian semi sweet reds.
It was suggested that this wine was good with light meals and desserts such as a salad, fruit pies, pastries and chocolate. I preferred to have it with an Atlantic salmon salad.
Goes well with grilled meat dishes. Photo courtesy of Tamada Wines Pty Ltd.
This award-winning dry red, is made from Saperavi grapes harvested in Gurjaani and Kvareli districts of the Kakheti region in Georgia. It's name is literally named "paint dye" due to its purple colour.
I thourghly enjoyed this wine with my steak and three vege cooked on the BBQ. It would be a wine that I would buy again.
Great with grilled vegetables, chicken and steamed fish. Photo courtesy of Tamada Wines Pty Ltd.
This dry white is produced from specially selected Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane grapes that have been grown in the Tsinandali micro-zone of the Kakheti region, Georgia. The vineyards are located 330 to 700 metres above sea level.
Even though I don't drink white wine very often, I did find that the Tsinandali had a honeyed texture, was very refreshing on the palate and wasn't too dry for my liking. This particular wine was enjoyed while dining on a whole steamed snapper that I had caught earlier. I have been told that you can also have it with light salads, grilled vegetables and chicken.
Great with barbequed meats and spicy Asian dishes. Photo courtesy of Tamada Wines Pty Ltd.
This is a dry white that has been produced in the Kakheti region from specially selected Rkatsiteli grapes using an old traditional "Kakhetian" method. The grape juice and skins are fully fermented and macerated together for 5 months in a Qvevri (clay amphora buried into the ground) giving the wine an intense straw colour, deep tannin taste and structure.
Try with a chicken dish. Photo courtesy of Tamada Wines Pty Ltd.
This dry white wine is produced in the Kakheti region, Georgia and is a complex and immensely flavorsome wine made from the Rkatsiteli grape variety. This ancient Vinifera originates in Georgia and is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. Even though I wasn't quite taken with this white wine, both my daughter and wife did enjoy it with a chicken and pasta dish they had.
WHERE TO TRY BEFORE YOU BUY?
To keep up to-date with where you can try out some of these great wines you can go to Tamada's Facebook page and find out where their next wine tasting will be held or you can organise your own wine tasting experience by sending them an email.
Later in the year you can also try these wines at the Good Food & Wine Show at Sydney Olympic Park, which will be held over 3 days on the August 7th, 8th & 9th of August and the Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival, held at Wahroonga Park on the 25th of October.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY?
There are a number of places that you can purchase a bottle or two of these Georgian Wines. You could try any one of the following:
• Strathfield Cellars at Strathfield.
• Bourke St Wine Shop at Waterloo.
• Liquor on Oxford at Darlinghurst.
• Glebe Liquor in Sydney.
• Darlinghurst Cellars at Darlinghurst.
• Liquor and Wattle at Ultimo