SHUMI WINERY | Saperavi | 2012


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The time has come to review something outside Wine of Moldova, and we’ve decided to turn our tasting buds towards the wines of the country that, in many ways, are similar to wine from Moldova – Wine of Georgia. There’s the same millennium long wine history, the same struggles with wine exports and the same image, as some of the world’s most underrated wine regions. And the wine that we have chosen for tonight’s tasting is a Georgian classic – Saperavi 2012 from Shumi Winery.

Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a clear purple color, it is quite dense, with the rim-color of a garnet-purple shade.


The nose is clean and rich, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose reveals fresh notes of blue fruits and berries: sour cherry, blueberry, blue plum, blackberry, red mirabelle, unripe pomegranate and a hint of red apple. Later on comes some noble notes of beetroot, peonies and a hint of fresh oak – a clear tell of some barrel maturation.


The wine is dry, with no signs of residual sugar left after fermentation. It feels quite lean, wide and friendly, with moderate, well integrated alcohol, high acidity and medium tannin. This is a quite young wine, fresh and a bit zesty. The wine has a good overall balance – it tastes round and fair, with a nuanced fruity profile.


The wine has a long and a bit tart finish, with a velvety aftertaste that can cut through any oily or buttery dishes – recommended with sauce based food.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Georgia and the overall rating says the same, with 88.5 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Last but not least, we would like to mention that saperavi is one of the most famous grape varieties from Georgia, and if managed properly it can turn into a really great wine. Also to be mentioned here is that this wine has been awarded a bronze medal by International Wine Challenge and a commended award, for the 2013 vintage, by Decanter World Wine Awards – two of the most influential wine tasting contests in the world of wine. Not bad for an indigenous grape variety, that is both, famous and underrated outside of its native region – even here in Moldova, saperavi grapes are often used for blending with indigenous or international varieties.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Saperavi | 2012

grape: | saperavi |

region: Georgia | Kakheti

overall rating: | 88.5 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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