Ramaz Nikoladze’s Tsolikouri chosen for Decanter’s 40th anniversary celebrations
22.10.2015 (Hvino News). To celebrate 40 years of Decanter, the famous British wine magazine asked its experts and contributors to chose their favorite wine of 2015. According to official website, the prestigious list includes a wine from Georgia: Tsolikouri Nakhshirgele 2013 from Imereti, produced by Nikoladzeebis Marani.
The Decanter’s contributor who recommended this Georgian wine is Carla Capalbo, an award-winning American food and wine writer/photographer based in Italy and London, who visited Georgia last month. She writes:
“I love wines that make you question the status quo. This beautiful, amber-coloured white is made — as many of Georgia’s best wines are — in qvevri (large traditional clay vessels buried in the ground). Ramaz Nikoladze produces it from 100-year-old Tsolikouri vines in the Imereti hills of central Georgia, with three months of stem-free skin contact. The wine’s exotic notes of spice, apricots and tea ride with exciting energy to a finely tannic, elegant finale and go just wonderfully with foo. Drink 2015–2017.”
Ramaz Nikoladze’s Tsolikouri and other chosen wines will become a part of Decanter’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Nikoladzeebis Marani (Ramaz Nikoladze’s Wine Cellar)▼Map was founded in 2007 by Ramaz Nikoladze on the base of his family’s vineyard and typical Imeretian cellar in Nakhshirgele near the city of Kutaisi in Western Georgia. There are planted 2 Georgian white grape varieties Tsitska and Tsolikouri in the vineyard. These vines are between 27 and over 100 years old. Fermentation and aging of wine is going in qvevri. Ramaz Nikoladze’s Wine Cellar exports his wines to Japan, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. © Hvino News
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Originally published at news.hvino.com on October 22, 2015.