ALSO AVAILABLE IN 6 OR 12 BOTTLE CASES
PRICE 1 BOTTLE: £12.65 per bottle
PRICE 6 BOTTLES: £11.65 per bottle
PRICE 12 BOTTLES: £10.00 per bottle
If you love to saviour wine and are in no rush to finish a bottle, then Krakhuna is for you. Originating from the Imereti region of western Georgia, Krakhuna is both a wine and a grape. As a wine, it has a beautiful scent of fruit blossoms, alpine flowers and sweet green apples. It’s a crisp white, straw-coloured wine (but can also be a deep amber) with a clear, fresh flavour on the palate. Krakhuna actually means ‘crisp’ in the Imeretian dialect, so it’s perfectly named. Whilst it offers pungent flavours, it also combines that with a harmonious, pleasant taste that has been designed to be savoured. It’s a wine that is the epitome of depth, when it comes to flavour. It’s a very dry wine with an initial fruity taste which includes ripe apricots, figs and honey. It also has a very long complex finish and becomes much more earthy as it lingers on the palate. As it ages, the flavour gets deeper still, assuming you can wait that long.
To say ‘cheers’ in Georgian, you need to raise a glass and say “Gaumarjos”.
The Krakhuna grape is a late-blooming white grape which produces full-bodied, straw-coloured wines. The grapes tend to produce wine with a higher alcohol content. The grapes themselves are medium-sized, thin-skinned with a dense mass and conical in shape. In the Imereti region, where most of these grapes are grown, they tend to bud mid-season and ripen around late September. It grows well in various types of soil and produces high yields, which helps keep production relatively high around wine-makers in the region. It’s a good all-round grapes which accumulates sugar quite easily whilst retaining its acidity to produce full, flavoursome wine. All of this, of course, depends on the weather conditions. Given the relatively humid conditions in the west of Georgia, particularly the Imereti region, coupled with Krakhuna’s thin skin, it can often be blended with other grapes, namely Tsitka and Tsolikouri, to create the Gelati blend. Krakhuna’s versatility as a grape means that it can be fermented using more modern European techniques or the ancient Georgian methods, in particularly, the use of a Qvevri. If the underground Qvevri is used, the wine produced tends to be a darker amber colour, due to the process itself and the increased time spent in contact with the seeds, skin, etc.
Krakhuna, dry white wine, Imereti, amber wine, Georgian wines,
Krakhuna is grown, for the most part, in the Imereti region of central / western region of Georgia, encompassing the middle and upper reaches of the Rioni River. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because it formed a large section of the mythical quest to find the Golden Fleece from the tale of Jason and the Argonauts. Imereti itself is a region of contrasts. From its humid, sub-tropical areas to the peak of its mountains, some 2850m above sea level. It’s become the home of many incredible health spas which take advantage of the large number of mineral water springs nestled between alpine meadows. The majority of the grapes are grown in the central part of the Imereti province, around the towns of Sviri, Dimi and Obcha. Its administrative centre is in the city of Kutaisi, the second most significant city in Georgia in terms of culture and industry. If you’re interested in wine production using a Qvevri, then you can pay a visit to the village of Shrosha, famous for its clay production. You can find almost anything made of clay here, from small jugs to the HUGE Qvevri storage vessels used to make some of its most famous wine. If you want to pick one of those up you’ll need two things; incredible strength and a huge suitcase!