Orgo Cuvee White, 2018, Kakheti, Georgia
This landed on our shelves by accident. Thinking we were ordering their more esoteric orange wine which is fermented and matured in clay pots (qvevri), instead we were sent this modern blend of indigenous grapes and just loved it. Gogi Dakishvili is widely credited as being one of the most skilled and influential winemakers in the Georgia, and is based in Telavi in the heart of the Kakheti wine district - the most easterly and probably the warmest in the country. The vines are planted in the Alazani valley - bordered to the north by the Caucasian mountains, providing a weather block, as well as plentiful water. The grapes in this blend are: Kisi (from vines planted in the 1930s), Rkatsiteli, and Mtsvane - made in steel tank only. There is a touch of skin contact and it sits on its lees for four months. The result is a mineral yet texture wine with stonefruit notes. It reminds us a little of an Albariño. Bottled without clarification, filtration or fining, but is not a natural or cloudy wine. Fine for vegans.