This single vineyard Strangebird™ delivers an intense bouquet—hints of licorice and berries and a bold dry palate of savoury blue fruits. The finish is smooth with lingering French oak. Saperavi hails from the Republic of Georgia, where they have been making wine for more than 8000 years.
Saperavi 100%, Ballandean Estate fruit
Try a duck ragu or fillet of venison with wild mushrooms. Saperavi’s aromatics and firm texture complements game dishes and hearty winter fare.
Colour Deep ruby, high density
Nose Berries and hints of liquorice
Savoury, Full-bodied, well-structured with juicy red berries and fine tannins integrating with light oak
Cellaring potential Drink from now to 10 years—careful cellaring will see restrained flavours, earthiness and blueberry blackcurrant burst onto the scene as the acids and tannins subside over time. French oak provides richness and integrates well.
Winemaker Dylan Rhymer
Viticulturist Angelo Puglisi
Handpicked after careful monitoring in the vineyard to ensure the perfect balance between flavour, acidity and tannin ripeness.. Long fermentation is followed by 14 months in reserve French oak barrels that are one to three years of age. Higher proportion of new oak in this wine due to big fruit structure and high alcohol. French oak soaks up tannin to build a big palate structure.
In our Bellevue vineyard, the Saperavi vines we planted in 2008 have an ancient look, with nobbly shoots reminiscent of arthritic fingers! Angelo was keen to experiment with this Strangebird™ varietal, as its mid-season ripening makes it less risky than other reds. The granite soils reflect heat onto the fruit—speeding the ripening during the day, with cool temperatures overnight—resulting in mature, intensely-flavoured fruit.