Friday, March 25, 2016

Château Mukhrani Réserve du Prince

Château Mukhrani Réserve du Prince 2010
www.chateaumukhrani.com
Mtsheta, Republic of Georgia

This is another gem I brought back from my visit to
Château Mukhrani a few years ago. The Réserve du Prince is a beautiful example of old world meets new world, where native grapes and native yeasts are combined with modern winemaking techniques. Goruli Mtsvane grapes are hand harvested from the Château Mukhrani estate and then gently destemmed. Skin contact is allowed for a few hours before pressing and fermentation by native yeasts. The wine then experiences a partial malolactic fermentation (converting hash appley malic acid into soft buttery lactic acid) and ageing in Caucasian oak. The result is a wine with Georgian roots that can hold its own next to a fine white Burgundy.

Review: The wine is an intense yellow-gold color with pronounced aromas of ripe peach, mandarin, and toasty oak. The palate is dry with bright acid and a creamy texture. Flavors of peaches, honey dipped pears, and white flowers. The oak notes of cedar and toast and expertly integrated. I love the finish where the sweet stone fruit ends and a hint of bitter grapefruit coats the tongue and lingers. Oh so pretty and pleasing.   

Food Pairing: Citrus roast chicken and herbed potatoes.

Bottom Line: Incredibly well made, balanced, and nuanced.

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Mtsheta, Georiga
  • GRAPE: Goruli Mtsvane
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink Now
  • www.chateaumukhrani.com

Where did I get it? Chateau Mukhrani Tasting Room
What's the damage? Super Premium


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