At this time of year – especially with Christmas coming up – we love nothing more than something a little sweet. Whether your tipple is desert wine, or a velveting, fruit-packed Port, there’s nothing quite so decadent as a glass of sweet wine. We’re especially keen on ruby Port – it’s fresh and lighter than heavier vintage Ports. Is there anything that can compare from Georgia? Of course! The wines we’ve shared below are very similar to ruby Port, just a little lighter in body – and they’re naturally sweet. An absolute must try this festive season.
For a wine to be categorised as Khvanchkara it has to be made according to certain rules, most especially that it must be made of a blend of Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli. Deep dark ruby coloured with a velvety texture – it was reportedly Stalin’s favourite wine, but don’t hold that against it.
Semi-sweet Kindzmarauli PDO has been produced since 1942. Made exclusively of Georgian superstar grape Saperavi, the thing which makes this wine is the soil it’s grown in. The vineyards are covered in loose black shale which retains a lot of heat. This in turn increases the temperature of the soil – increasing the temperature of the grapes, and thus their natural sweetness.