2020 Alejandro (Alex Russell Wines) Saperavi, Murray Darling, Victoria
Georgia is a small country that happens to be considered the “cradle of wine”. This tag was bestowed upon Georgia with the discovery that burying grape juice in a qvevris underground for the winter creates wine. A method with historical records dating back to 6,000 BC, wine has influenced Georgian and human culture ever since. Saperavi is one of the oldest cultivars from Georgia and remains its principal grape variety. With a history as renowned as this, it is no surprise that Saperavi is making its presence known in regions far from the Black Sea.
The 2020 Alejandro Saperavi is produced by Alex Russell Wines from grapes sourced from the Murray Darling region in Victoria. A very bright purple-coloured wine, it perhaps unsurprisingly appears as if it would glow in the dark. The nose is all bramble and forest floor berries, with savoury tones and spices. On the palate, the berry flavours come with sprinkles of spices and herbs. It is a well-structured wine with high acidity, balanced by a soft texture and reasonably persistent finish. All in all, it cries out to be served on with a plate of Mtsvadi.
Rating: 91 pts
Drink: Now; 3-7 yrs
Tasted: June 2021