Tsitska-Tsolikouri, 2019

£22 per bottle
Available bottle sizes: 75 cl
Kvemo Kartli - Georgia
Tsitska, Tsolikouri
Asureti Valley
From the Grower
"It's a more acid wine. It's more light than the Eastern Georgian varieties. But you can feel he high alcohol and tannins. All my wines are ambre so they are full body wines. You can feel their sweetness, acidity, alcohol. There is not an alcohol taste but after two three glasses you will feel this very intelligent alcohol. It's not the alcohol of gin or whiskey, it's something else - it's more more cosy alcohol."
vineyard Vineyard
  • Organic / Biodynamic (uncertified)
  • Soil type: Basalt, Clay, Loam
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: Low sulphites: 28 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 12.4%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Vessel type: Clay Pot - Kvevri/qvevri

Additional Information

These are Western Georgian varieties. There is no tradition there of using skins and stems - they are making more European style wines. But my idea was to make an amber wine. For the 2019, we ferment whole bunches without stems then the maceration was done around five, six days. For the Tsolikouri is was a little bit more - around 30 days. Nobody is doing this in Georgia. My friends were telling me I would damage the wine but it was crazy fantastic
The Gotsadze family wine tradition dates from the grate grandfather of the current winemaker, Konstantin Gotsadze (1860-1940), who started making wine in his cellars in the village of Tskhratskharo, in Zestafoni district of Western Georgia. In the early 20th century the family moved to the capital, Tbilisi, and continued making traditional wines. The current cellars are in Kiketi, 1300 mt above sea level, in the very place where historical tradition says the Georgian Kings had their favorite wines vinified. The wine is made by the head of the family in the traditional way ( in clay amphora’s named “Kvevri” ) according to methods handed down through many generations. Our organic Vineyard is located in 10 km. from winery, between village Marabda and Asureti in “Algeti” National park, 550 mt. from see level. We had planted 25000, 14 different varieties of original Georgian grapes. Vineyard and winery is operated by “Demeter” standard and will be certificated on 2018 harvest. In 2017 we will get certificate according regulation of European Organic standard (EC) 834/2007. Our wines are not fined and are free of any additives, they are fermented in wild yeast’s. We use only burned sulfur when we are cleaning our vessels (Kvevri’s), no sulfur powder is added to our wines.
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