Mariam Qvevri, Ori Marani
Ori Marani, founded by husband and wife team Bastien Warskotte and Nino Gvantseladze in 2016 in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia, ranks among the most exciting wineries we have come across in the last few years. Bastien is originally from Champagne and grew up in a family of vignerons, graduating from the University of Burgundy in Dijon before heading out to gain experience in wineries across Bordeaux, Provence, Australia, South Africa and Canada. Nino is Georgian, and take care of the administration of the winery.
Organically farmed grapes are sourced from three areas of Georgia – Kakheti, Kartli (where the winery is situated) and Imereti. After harvest, spontaneous fermentations take place in Qvevri and old French barrels with the aim of bringing out the bright, pure expression that Bastien considers an essential characteristic in his wines. Given Bastien’s background, the focus of the project is on traditional method sparkling wines and the diverse soils and expositions across three regions where the grapes are sourced allow him the freedom to blend across wines to achieve balance, freshness and consistency. Bastien is committed to championing local produce and traditions. All of the wines, still and sparkling are made in a low-intervention manner with tiny amounts of sulphite the only addition. All show a clear, pure fruit profile and a delicacy of touch that allows the native varieties to shine.
Producer Ori Marani, Bastien Warskotte
Viticulture & Winemaking Organic grapes. Semi-carbonic maceration in Qvevri coming from Okami and Lamiskana. Harvest took place on the 23rd of September. After 3 weeks of maceration, wine was pressed and racked to Qvevri and old oak barrels for ageing of 6 months. The Qvevri part went through a coarse filtration. Bottled unfined with a minimal amount of So2.
Region Igoeti, Shida Kartli, Georgia
Tasting Notes Very herbal and floral. Notes of fennel, almond, yellow apple, tart citrus, quince. Bark and herbs, reminiscent of very dry vermouth. Mineral, smoky. Needs a few minutes to breathe at first before the fruit comes through. Textured. Great acidity, light-bodied, some discreet tannins. Spicy and dry finish.