Saperavi originates from Georgia where it is the principal red variety with viticulture and winemaking dating back some 6000 years. During the late 1990s Patritti employed the services of a Georgian winemaker. After a trip back to his homeland he arrived at the winery with a bottle of Saperavi. Everyone was impressed with its great colour, structure and acidity and needed no further convincing. Soon after a small vineyard was planted by Patritti's oldest grower in the Barossa Valley.
First thing you will notice is the dark red, almost black colour. The nose is hugely lifted and intense; plum, cherries, red fruits and delicate oak toast are secondary to the freshly turned earth and beetroot. The palate shows amazing line, structure and length with a depth of tannin that is rare to see in other varieties. The surprise with this wine is how rich and approachable it is, given its very full-bodied nature.
International Wine Challenge 2017, UK
Drink now or cellar for 20+ years.