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Saperavi (Georgian Republic)

Saperavi is a dark-skinned, grape from the Georgian Republic.

It is an ancient grape from the oldest wine-making region in the world.

Typical Flavors


Black Currant
Black
Currant
Blackberry
Blackberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum

Olive Oil
Olive Oil
Licorice
Licorice
Coffee
Coffe
Chocolate
Chocolate

Oak Added Flavors:

Cedar
Cedar
Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Tobacco
Tobacco

Dark Berries and Dark Fruit are typical Saperavi flavors.

With hints of Licorice, Chocolate, and Coffee.

Profile

Saperavi wines tend to be full bodied with high tannins and high acidity:

BODYFull
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing

Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham
Soup
Casseroles

Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Beef
Beef

Rich Flavors and Tannins make Saperavi a perfect partner to Flavory Food.

Saperavi loves Roasted Lamb and BBQ.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Grilled. BBQ.
Roasted Potatoes and Onions.
Grilled Mushrooms.
Grilled Veggetables.
Rich Casseroles. Beef Stew.
Chicken. Pork. Rabbit.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Hamburger. Cheese Burger. Bacon Burger.
Red Meat Dishes. Spareribs. Veal Chops.
Strip Steak. T-Bone.
Kobe. Entrecôte. Filet Mignon.

Cheese:
Aged Cheese. Goat. Cheddar. Gouda. Pecorino.
Blue. Camembert.

If You Like Saperavi

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Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Saperavi

Saperavi is one of the oldest cultivars of Eastern Georgia, and is been the most important grape in Georgian winemaking.

Most Saperavi wines are produced with modern winemaking techniques producing good quality wine, but the most exciting wines are made by winemakers who use the ancient method of fermenting and aging their wines in clay amphorae (pottery vessels) buried in the ground.

Most red wine grapes have red skin and white flesh. Saperavi has dark skin and dark flesh. This combination makes Saperavi wines dark ruby or almost black (Peri means color in Georgian).

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