Daniel Rogov wrote:Matt, Hi....
As I say, I do not know the particular wine in question but there "might" be a better chance with Saperavi, as this is a grape with a high natural sugar concentration and thus a candidate for off-dry red. Once again though the question - is it an off-dry red that you want?
Sure You know, that Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world.
There are unique grapes there as in many other wine lands. Beside that there are unique wine making methods as "QUERY" method. This method means keeping the wine for 20-30 years after fermentation inside the huge terracotta amphorae hidden in the land. It covers the period of 20-25 years and usually happens from after the child's birth till his marriage.
As a result, the wine is really wonderful, aromatic however not too strong. It is enough sweet but has mild tannins.
The one who did not have a chance to try this wine locally in Georgia cannot say he knows the real Georgian wine.
The bottled Georgian wine which is being sold in Israel, US and even Russian market, is usually fake wine and cannot been labeled as wine at all.
All attempts to make the Old or New World style wine from the Georgian grapes (i.e. Saperavi gapes) resulted in weak wine, some sort of Chilean style, with the score about 60-70 as Daniel wrote.
Unfortunately, till now the investments into Georgian wine production have lead to corruption only but not to considerable improvement of the wine making process.
Personally, I'm very sorry about that.
Very, very pity.