Chkhaveri Aia Yi!

Chkhaveri Aia Yi! 2015

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Our Notes: Only 4 bottles avaialble. Chkhaveri is an ancient pinkish-violet late ripening grape variety native to the Guria/Adjara region near the Black Sea and the Georgian/Turkish border. Exactly how Chkhaveri is suppose to be made or taste has been lost, but as far as winemaker Luka Bibineishvili is concerned, it's "Aia Yi!," which roughly translates as “This is it" in the local dialect. The 2015 "Aia Yi!” was harvested on December 12th as Chkhaveri does not accumulate a lot of sugar and tends to have good acidity and modest alcohol level even when ripe. After a natural fermentation that included 3 weeks of maceration with skins and stems, the wine aged until March of 2017 when it was bottled. Chkhaveri’s color and particular character, coupled with the extremely late harvest and maceration, result in a light, phenolic, especially savory wine of dimension and length. "Aia Yi!” is burnished rose, strangely perfumed, subtle and structured. This wine will continue to develop in the bottle for 5 or more years.