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Tsolikouri

Tsolikouri
Tsolikouri is an old thick-skinned white grape variety indigenous to the western part of Georgia. It is traditionally used in sweet and semi-sweet wines in the wine-growing region of Racha-Lechkhumi. The grape variety gives birth to wines that are medium to full-bodied, slightly oily, with soft acidity and good texture, with subtle notes of yellow fruits and melon. It can be very mineral with light floral aromas, and it may be fermented in oak with good ageing potential. Tsolikouri grape is relatively thick-skinned and thus is resistant to the primary fungal diseases, making it suitable for the more humid climate in western Georgia, due to the proximity of the Black Sea. There are producers which are vinifying the grape in a traditional local way in clay vessels called Qvevris, which are bringing more body and complexity, with layered flavours of citrus fruit, stone fruit, with a taste of floral notes. Tsolikouri variety shows great promise and is already making unique and fantastic wines. All plantings of the grape are found in Georgia.

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