Ori Marani Mariam White 2021
The winery was established in 2017 by husband and wife team Bastien Warskotte and Nino Gvantseladze, in the Caucasus mountains, in the Shida Kartili region of Georgia. Bastien is originally from Champagne and grew up in a family of winemakers and has worked in Bordeaux, Australia and South Africa. Nino is Georgian, and takes care of the admin side of things. The name Ori Marani means two wineries, and they aim to combine the traditional wine making of Georgia with the traditional wine making of Champagne. They use local, organic grapes, and traditional Georgian Quevri and old French barrels for ageing.
Mariam is a light orange wine made from Chinurri. Grapes were sorted and half was direct pressed, half fermented whole cluster in Qvevri for 3 weeks, then racked into old barrels from Hubert Lamy. Fresh and zappy with musky dried fruit flavours and a herbal quality the grape is known for.