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Chinuri (chee-new-ree) is an endemic variety from Kartli region of Georgia. The name comes from a particular golden color, highlighted on the label. Chinuri is a thin skin variety with very clear transparent pulp and juice. Goga Tevzadze, the winemaker at Tevza, is on a mission to explore, preserve and promote indigenous varieties from Kartli. This particular year he kept the wines with the skins for 4-6 six weeks the result is still only a mild yellow to amber wine. This hazy, unfiltered and low SO2 is an amazing introduction to skin contact wines. A little crazy and certainly alive!
Grapes are handpicked at optimal ripeness and gently transported from 14-year-old vineyards (30km distance) to Tevza Winery and directly crushed into qvevri. Wild fermentation starts at the room temperature. Spontaneous fermentation stops when wine is dry, which is followed with natural MLF fermentation. After analyzing and tasting the wine we fill up each individual Qvevris from the reserved lots of the same wines. Maceration and skin contact between 4 to 6 weeks.
-Georgian Wine House