MOVIES & BOOZE: Fancy a glass of wine this weekend?

Tomas Clancy reviews two wines from Georgia...

I am Didimi from Dimi and this is my Krakhuna, Imerti, Georgia 2015

Pricing : around €27.65

Available : Le Caveau, Kilkenny and nationwide at lecaveau.ie; Green Man Wines, Terenure; Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock; 64 Wines, Glasthule and in selected independent Off Licences, Supermarkets and wines shops nationwide

I can without any doubt say that what first brought this wine to my attention was the label. It is a line pencil drawing of an older bespectacled man in a sort of soft cap with big 1970s style , functional glasses on his jovial face. This black and white drawing is above stark lettering on a white label and that’s it. The lettering says, I am Didimi from Dimi and this is my Krakhuna. It speaks from the heart in a way that always melts my reserve at agricultural shows, ok I say, I will try one more brownie from yet another home kitchen.

The wine here is a white wine from the ancient Krahuna grape by a star of the Georgian wine movement, Didim Maghlakelidze. It is made in the local style, the most ancient in the world, using skin co0ntact even for the white and long ageing in large earthen pots or amphora made from clay called Qveri. The result is a rather brilliant, unique wine that feels both novel, it has a Riesling like quality on the palate initially, though with more exotic flckers of spice and hefty, fruit and characterful tannins. It feels, new and ancient, as it should.

Pheasants Tears, Saperavi, Kakheti, East Georgia 2015

Pricing : €27.40

Available : Le Caveau, Kilkenny and nationwide at lecaveau.ie; Green Man Wines, Terenure; Blackrock Cellar, Blackrock; 64 Wines, Glasthule and in selected independent Off Licences, Supermarkets and wines shops nationwide

This is a red wine from Georgia made from the Saperavi grape, planted in vineyards in the eastern edge of the country at Kakheti heading towards Azerbaijan and the vast Caspian Sea beyond. This and the region around the capital Tbilisi are not just the sites of some of the most ancient vineyards of all, they are also where the earliest homanoid remains have been found in Europe at 1.2 million years of age. This is a wine with such ancient roots it is hard not to feel the pull of some vast connection, our ancestors too passed through this gateway piece of earth headed west to the Atlantic. Happily the wine can be enjoyed with a history degree, the mouthfeel is robust and chewy, this is punchy, authentic ancient and earthy wine. Deep spice, touches of nuttiness even, then rich blackcurrant type notes and a lengthy, tannic finish. A wine for a wintery spring evening or a hearty stew. No Pheasants were harmed in the making of this wine