The Tavkveri is from Kartli, in central Georgia, the same vineyard as Chinuri. It is similar to Cabernet Franc as a red wine; at least the French often say it reminds them of this!
It was a varietal favoured at the royal table but is now very rare, Pheasant’s Tears being the exclusive producer at present. A well-rounded nose of earth, funk, spice, graphite, minerality and preserved plums. Definitely a savoury aromatic profile.
With a moment in the glass these elements become more harmonious and the overall impression of the wine becomes more refined. The palate is medium and concentrated with sweet plum and sanguine minerality. Grainy graphite accented tannins. A smoky earthy accent. Fresh but again evolved and complex rather than primary. Great energy and while youthful it already shows complexity and balance.