In a nutshell: Vibrant Georgian red filled with loads of crunchy dark fruits.
The lowdown: A fresh and modern style of Georgia's native red grape variety Saperavi, one of only a handful pf grapes which derives colour from its flesh as well as the skin (almost all red grapes get all their colour from the skin; the flesh produces white juice). Based in eastern Georgia Teliani Valley winery sprang up with enthusiasm in the post-Soviet '90s and their Winery 97 is indeed a separate winery dedicated to producing small batches of fun, modern, forward thinking wines. Their Saperavi is super fresh and vibrant that is strikingly deep purple in colour and bursting with crisp dark berry and cherry fruit aromas. The palate is full of crunchy dark fruits, touches of spice, young tannin and refreshing acidity.
When to drink: A joyful wine that pairs well with a variety of meat dishes, from burgers and barbecues to a more local spicy sausage stew.