Kindzmarauli Kakhetian Royal 2013 review for Weekend Wine Reviews #317.
Another wine from our new wine club Wine Awesomeness. This one is truly exotic – an orange wine! I didn’t even know such a thing existed!
Kindzmarauli Kakhetian Royal 2013, Kakheti, Georgia, Wine Awesomeness. They say: Orange wine is made by using white wine grapes, but produced in a red wine style. The skins of the white wine grapes are left on during fermentation and aging, tinting the wine an orange color. The skins can be used for a week or up to a year, depending on what the wine maker wants to achieve. Orange wines have a funky, cider-like quality with a hint of sourness. This particular wine has the skins left in for 3 months, longer than most red wines. The wine is made with 10 percent of the native Georgian grape Mtsvane Kakhur that oxidizes easily, so the wine has a darker hue. On the nose: straw and hay with baked apple and cider with a single, slightly oxidative and pleasantly nutty note in the background. We say: really unusual at first, but then it grows on you. Almost like a cider with hints of apricot and honey. Definitely worth trying.