Location: Kakheti, Vachnadziani.Chitistvala. Chitistvala and Kisi – micro-zone Lower “Shaloant Akhoebi”; Rkatsiteli – Upper “Shaloant Akhoebi”.
Altitude: Chitistvala and Kisi 400 meters, Rkatsiteli 450 meters
Soil: Chitistvala and Kisi, rocky/silty and Rkatsiteli, clay/silty
Year the vines were planted: Chitistvala and Kisi 2015 and Rkatsiteli 2017
Yield/ha: Kisi and Rkatsiteli – 6 tones/ha; Chitistvala – 4 tones/ha Agricultural method: Organic
Harvest date: Hand-harvested in the 2nd week of September
Type of Yeasts used: ambient
Fermentation vessel: Qvevr
Fermentation temperature: ambient
Malolactic fermentation: yes
Maturation Vessel: Qvevri Maturation period: 7 months
Skin contact duration: 7 months with stems
Fining method: gravity and skin contact
Filtration method: None
International Qvevri Wine Competition 2017 – Gold (Chitistvala 2016)
93 points: Decanter July 2020 edition (2017 vintage). Selected by Simon J Woolf in the TOP 6 Orange wines.