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Updated: Mar 14, 2022

Abalines Trading: Alazani Marani Kindzmarauli PDO

In the remote east of Georgia near the Russian border, the Kindzmarauli subregion lies on the southwest-facing banks of the Alazani River and produces traditional, naturally semi-sweet red wines from the Saperavi grape.

Saperavi is an acidic grape variety native to Georgia, where it is used in many of the region's most well-known wines. This grape variety has a thick, white bloom that covers the skin of the fruit and fills the dark red pulp with tart, sweet juice. It is produced from grapes grown at the base of Caucasian mountains in the Alazani Valley in eastern Georgia. The variety is known as the "king of grapes": neat compact clusters of small berries of deep purple color have a distinct. In terms of overall production, this grape produces dark red wines that are suitable for extended aging; it also produces high alcohol levels and is often blended with lighter varieties. It is by far the most dominant Georgian red variety flavor. In high altitude and inland regions like Kakheti, Saperavi is popular for its ability to withstand extremely cold weather.

This grape variety is used to make Kindzmarauli PDO wine which is a semi-sweet wine that gets its sweetness naturally from the skin of the Saperavi grapes. The Kindzmarauli wine is a purple-red colored wine showing an inky-colored hue along the rim. When it comes to the aromas, the wine

typically gives out aromas of spices and several black fruits and berries. On the palate, this wine gives the taste of sweet blackberry, black cherry confiture, and berries initially. Mid-palate the wine appears full and chewy, with slightly rough tannins. This wine gives a great finish which is lively, acidic, lingering with a sweet and fruity aftertaste.

The Kindzmarauli wine has also obtained a PDO status, which strictly ensures that the wines are to be made with the correct wine-making steps and only in the Kindzmarauli region. If it is made differently, the wine cannot be called Kindzmarauli due to the PDO designation. Unlike the traditional Qvevri method of making wine, Kindzmarauli wine ferments in french barrels for at least 8 months. Having the PDO status ensures that winemakers and vineyard owners are following the traditional winemaking methods, with no deviations or changes. By doing so, the winery would tamper with the winemaking process, and it would be impossible to label the wines as PDO Kindzmarauli. This accentuates the beauty of the wine by adhering strictly to the culture of the country, thus allowing people to enjoy the Kindzmarauli that was also made years ago.

Our goal at The Good Vines Shop is to educate our customers on the beauty and traditions of our ancient world wine, with the Kindzmarauli wine being one of those wines. We hope you will benefit from understanding and appreciating each wine, and perhaps even indulge in them one day. The Alazani Marani Kindzmarauli goes well with dessert or if you're looking for a refreshing drink.

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