Zhuka-Zano's Rkatsiteli 2019

Tako Zhuruli ("Zhuka-Sano")

19.30 25.73 pre litre


Deep gleam of bronze
The wine shines with a gleam of bronze in the glass! Dried fruit, some orange cake, and fine smoky notes flow into the nose. The tannins are present, but incredibly polished. The game between the tannins and acidity is almost perfect. All of this incredibly juicy with low alcohol. Picture book Amber of a new Georgian era.

Grape variety: Rkatsiteli

Wine type: Amber Wein

Vintage: 2020

Region: Ruispiri (Kacheti)

Origin: Georgien

Wine grower: Tako Zhuruli ("Zhuka-Sano")

Alcoholic content: 12,5 %

Allergens: enthält Sulfite

Importeur: Kovacs-Gokieli und Seitz GbR, Pfalzburger Str. 33, D-10717 Berlin, Deutschland

Bottler: Tamara Zhuruli, Tskneti str. 4, Tbilisi 0162, Georgia

Tako Zhuruli ("Zhuka-Sano")

In 2015 Tako Zhuruli (Zhuka) and her husband Zura Sanodze (Sano) bought a house in Kakheti, in the small village of Ruispiri, not far from Telavi. The name of their winery is composed of their respective nicknames: Zhuka-Sano.

Tako is actually a journalist and was involved in many socio-political issues. But there was one thing lacking inside of her: the connection to her own earth. And indeed, Tako was somehow able to convince her family to settle down in a rural life and become happy here. She enjoys the immediacy of the change of seasons and the dependence on the weather itself...

It is a small family winery, the Marani is located directly in the house, the small, half hectare vineyard is only a five minutes’ walk away. In the old Marani there are still older Qvevris, one with a production engraving from 1907...

She restored the Qvevris and converted the fields to organic farming, where today Rkatsiteli, Mtsvane, Iqaltos tsiteli (tsiteli=red) are grown. Especially the red Iqalto vine is a historical treasure, because it belongs to one of the oldest vine varieties in Georgia and grows only in close proximity to the famous and historically important Iqalto Monastery (built in the 6th century), which is where the name comes from. Zhuka-Sano are the only ones who grow this vine professionally at all, their fields are about 2km away from the monastery.

The humility and the thirst for knowledge of the couple, who call themselves beginners, is especially appealing. They are scholars of the well-known and experienced natural wine growers Iago Bitarishvili and Kakha Berishvili. They constantly inform themselves about traditional and new scientific viticulture methods and are intensively engaged in biodynamic vineyard management. But at the end of the day, Tako and Zura usually find that the more they learn, the less they know.