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Chinuri Skin Contact Qvevri, Iago Bitarishvili 2022
This estate has been owned by the Bitarishvili family for 20 years, it is Iago who is the current owner and family member who farms its land. His family were given this vineyard by the state, following the land reforms in 1992. Iago has twenty-two qvevris, fourteen for fermentation, for ageing, eight for ageing. The wines develop differently in different qvevri. Some of the qvevri are 250 years old.
Producer Iago Bitarishvili
Origin Kartli, Georgia
Grapes 100% Chinuri
Alcohol 12.5% ABV
Style Medium body macerated white wine
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Fermented in terracotta qvevri which are buried in the floor of the cellar. After three weeks fermentation and malolactic fermentation the chacha (skins, stems) fall to the bottom of the qvevri. Juice is then decanted (by pump) into clean qvevri after 6 months. Bottled without filtration, fining or added sulphur
Notes Organic, Natural