Dila-O Rkatsiteli Mtsvane
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Region: Kakheti, Georgia
Grape variety: 50% Rkatsiteli 50% Mtsvane
Dila-O Rkatsiteli Mtsvane has a bouquet of melon and cantaloupe aromas thanks to the Mtsvane and good acidity thanks to Rkatsiteli.
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About Dila-O Rkatsiteli Mtsvane
Dila-O Rkatsiteli Mtsvane is a 50%-50% blend of Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane grapes fermented and made in qvevri (large clay jars buried under the ground). This is an Amber or “Orange” wine style but made in a lighter style with only 1 month of skin contact. It is a perfect introduction to the style.
About Orgo Winery
Orgo is an artisan winery located in Eastern Georgia that specializes in the 8,000-year-old Georgian Qvevri wine-making tradition and sources all their grapes sourced from at least 50-year-old vines. Making wines from old vines in Georgia is a rare and difficult project since during soviet times most older vines were ripped up and replaced so as to produce more grapes. Orgo is a labor of love and is one of the only examples of old vine Georgian wines. The concentration of the old vine grapes and the skill of the winemakers is a unique combination for Georgian wines. Orgo produces distinct visions wines that follow the ancient Georgian qvevri style but raise it to new heights of elegance.
This small artisan winery, located in the Kakheti AOC in eastern Georgia, is a project between the famous Georgian winemaker Gogi Dikishivili and his son Temur Dakishvili. Temur’s youth and energy coupled with Gogi’s experience and wisdom create a unique partnership, one that both honors the centuries-old Dakishvili family winemaking tradition, yet makes it new again each year. The mission of Orgo and this partnership is to make singularly unique wines that add their own elegance and refinement to the 8,000-year-old Georgian wine-making tradition.
Rkatsiteli is an ancient, cold-hardy Georgian white grape variety that was so widely planted in what was the Soviet Union that in 1990 it was estimated to be the world’s third most planted overall. It is still widely planted in the former Soviet republics. However, it is grown in all of its wine-producing independent republics with the exception of Turkmenistan. It is, understandably, most important in Georgia.
Mtsvani (or “Mtsvane”) is a light-skinned grape variety native to the Georgian Republic. The name, which means “green” in the Georgian language, is given to several varieties throughout the Eurasian country, each commonly appended with the region they are from. Broadly speaking, Mtsvani makes crisp, citrus-tinged wines with some pineapple and pear characters and a floral aroma There is some evidence to suggest that Mtsvani is a very ancient variety. Indeed, Georgia’s wine history is thought to be the oldest in the world, with evidence of winemaking dating back some 6,000 years.
Mtsvani is commonly found in the wines of Kakheti in southern Georgia, often blended with the country’s flagship white grape, Rkatsiteli. This variety’s piercing acidity combines well with Mtsvani’s fruity flavor and floral aroma, making a balanced wine with some complexity and often quite high alcohol. These wines are often fermented using a qvevri, a traditional clay vessel that is buried in the ground to take advantage of the cool, even temperatures there.