GITANA WINERY | Saperavi | 2015


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Tonight we are going to review a rare wine that we fell in love with from the first sip – Saperavi 2015 by Gitana Winery. This is a single varietal saperavi wine, which is Georgia’s main red variety. Saperavi is a teinturier grape variety, which means that the flesh of the berry is also dark, therefore the wines are deep in color with nuanced acidity and lots of tannin, which makes them respond well to ageing. In fact the resulting wines are so deep in color that some wineries label them as black wines instead of red, but enough theory, without further ado, let’s move on, straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep and opaque garnet color with elegant purple shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe black fruits and spicy flavours: leather, red pepper, black raspberry, blackberry, black pepper, black mulberry, blackcurrant, nutmeg, dried fig, allspice and some very nuanced notes of anise and cinnamon.


The wine is dry, with moderate alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. This is a real crowd pleaser wine, as it feels slightly sweet, ripe and spicy, with a very nuanced fruity-leathery accent. This is a quite crisp, seedy, maybe just a bit bitter, and grippy wine, as it tastes lean, supple and extremely appealing on the mouthfeel – a fine example of a new-world style speravi wine. It has a fair overall balance and an elegant mid-palate.


It has a medium-plus finish and a ripe, seedy-crisp aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.3 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.

Conclusion: this is a fine and extremely appealing wine that is right on the summit of its prime form – a wine that can still age for another year or two. That said, we would strongly recommend to drink it now, as we firmly believe that it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. The wine has a fine tannic grip on the mouthfeel, leading to a very elegant and velvety finish – truth to be told, this is one of the best saperavi wines we’ve tasted to date. In order to amplify all its finesse, our recommendation is to pair this wine with meaty dishes that are rich in natural fat and umami flavours, like for example some tournedos rossinitri-tip with chimichurri or beef carpaccio with soy sauce. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Saperavi | 2015

grape: | saperavi |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 91.3 |

maturity: in its prime

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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