Dugladze Qvevri Kisi 2020

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Dugladze Qvevri Kisi, from one of Georgia's leading wineries, is a traditional orange wine: Kisi grapes fermented & matured 6 months on skins, in qvevri amphorae. Rich, silky-textured with dried stone fruit notes.

Georgia, lying at the crossroads of Europe and Asia is sometimes referred to as “The Cradle of Wine” due to its 8000-year-old winemaking history. Many of the ancient techniques are still in use today. Historically wines were fermented with skins, stems and all in giant clay jars called Qvevri, often buried in soil, where they remained for several months or even years in extreme cases. This lends the white wines a unique textural element; amber-hued with the breadth and depth of a red wine including an appealing tannin component, while the process reduces the need for sulphur additions. These wines have proved the inspiration behind today's burgeoning orange wine movement.

Historically Georgia was one of the most important suppliers of wine to the Soviet Union, however as the relationship with Russia is now somewhat cooler than it was, these fascinating wines are becoming available to a wider audience. The Dugladze family have been making wine and spirits since 1904, and today have one of the most advanced wineries in the country, allowing them to apply modern precision to the ancient techniques, making a superb range of beautifully presented wines which reflect Georgia’s noble winemaking tradition.

The Kisi variety came close to extinction in 2000 yet has been revived as producers have recognised its potential to produce wines of great aroma, elegance and refinement. When made in Qvevri the tannins seem more fully integrated and subtle than other varieties. This outstanding orange wine, packaged like a top-quality Provence rosé, is from the Maghraani district; the birthplace of the Kisi variety. Fermented on skins and stems in Qvevri for 6 months following harvest with regular punching down to maximise extraction.

Perfumed with aromas of dried mango, honeydew melon and orange rind, this has a full-bodied yet silky and elegant palate finishing dry with supple elegant tannins. A top-quality example of the genre.


More Information
Brand Dugladze
Country of Origin Georgia
Region Kakheti
Style Orange
Wine Colour Orange
Grape Variety Kisi
Main Grape Kisi
Vintage 2020
% Alcohol 12.5
Bottle Size 75CL
Flavour Elegant & Complex
Body Full-Bodied
Pack Format 75CL
Fine No
Rare No