This wine has a deep intensity Garnet appearance; a truly mesmerizing red gem.
On the nose is a medium plus intensity of berries; blackberry, unripe blueberry and hints of raspberry.
Very Subtle nutty tones; hazelnut.
This is a dry wine with less than medium acidity. Ripe Tannin ( medium - ) and a long finish.
In conclusion a Very Good Wine.
Megrelian Chicken Stew with Walnuts (Megruli Kharcho)
(Serves 4 to 6)
1 (4-5 pound) chicken, cut into serving pieces 1 1/2 cups walnut halves/pieces 4 or 5 peeled garlic cloves Coarse salt 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper or 1 teaspoon hot red ground pepper or cayenne 1/3 cup water 3 tablespoons butter 2 cups chopped onion 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 3 tablespoons tomato paste dissolved in 1 cup water 3 tablespoons khmeli suneli spice blend; or 1 tablespoon each ground coriander seed, marigold, and blue fenugreek 1 cup finely chopped cilantro (optional)
One of Georgia’s oldest vine varieties, Ojaleshi, means “growing on a tree” in the Megrelian dialect of Georgian. It was the dominant variety in the mountainous district of Samegrelo in north-western Georgia. Current plantings are trained lower to the ground which lowers yields but produces higher-quality fruit. Ojaleshi has round leaves with triangular teeth, thick skin and firm flesh. It is mostly harvested at the end of October. or mid-November. High quality Ojaleshi can have lots of dry extract with different flavors and the ability to improve with age.
One of Georgia’s oldest vine varieties, Ojaleshi, means “growing on a tree” in the Megrelian dialect of Georgian. It was the dominant variety in the mountainous district of Samegrelo in north-western Georgia. Current plantings are trained lower to the ground which lowers yields but produces higher-quality fruit. Ojaleshi performs best on the limestone soils of Chkhorotsku. Ojaleshi is quite sensitive to fungal diseases, especially powdery mildew. Frost resistance is irrelevant, as frosts are rare in Samegrelo.
— Excerpt from "The Wines of Georgia" , Lisa Granik M.W.
In the year that King Saperavi instituted strict religious doctrine on the land, a strange disease plagued Megrelian children. If it weren't for the Sage , who lived in the hills of Samegrelo, Ojaleshi would have met her end. But taking her soul back from Death meant transferring his abilities to her. The family knew that although she survived she could never return to her village. She was left there to study the craft under the Sage's tutelage. She was deeply passionate about the art and extremely persistent.
As a grown woman she returned to her village. Her beauty was magnetic and she was irresistible. But her jealous and possessive nature, due to her abandonment as a child, fueled her desire for power and recognition.
Artwork by Tako Chekurishvili
Trip to Samegrelo village Mukhuri was unforgettable. The road was long but not boring, I was amazed by the landscape that was changing quickly offering more and more enchanting views. Lot's of places where I would stop to just take a walk, if I had more time. Old, traditional houses standing in line on the rode, every single one of them telling the story of a family living there; Cows, horses, sheep, pigs walking around thoughtlessly...
Misha, his wonderful family and his godson Beka were our hosts in Obene Winery. They dedicated their lives to saving old Megrelian varietals, which were on the edge of extinction. Misha has planted new vineyard of Koloshi and Chvitiluri and also 2 little raws of 13 different grapes to see which one of them will like to become a family member of his winery the most. Beka lives next doors, with Megrelian varietals he also planted several Abkhazian ones trying to save them too. They both left their previous lives to make this dream come true - save old amazing Megrelian and Abkhazian grape varietals and make the wine that will be an ambassador of Samegrelo and Georgia in the whole world.
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Obene Winery's history begun with Misha's new adventure. Misha is from Western Georgia, Samegrelo. He knew that in ancient times, western Georgian wines were very popular and in high demand. Despite good position at work, he was tired of bureaucratic job and he decided to devote his life to what he was always passionate about - Megrelian culture and viticulture. Saving Megrelian grape varietals being on the edge of extinction became his obsession. Reading all the scientific books in libraries, he explored different grape varietals potential. He raveled from a village to a village through the whole Samegrelo, knocking on every door in search of the varietals. After a year, he managed to find several Christians who had the varietals in their yards and in very small quantity, made wines "Koloshi" and "Chvitiluri". The result was amazing! He only had less then 150 bottles of each and decided to use this wines for promoting them. He attended several wine expos and got an excellent feedback from world-known Wine Masters (for example, Lisa Granik- MW that dedicated several years exploring Georgian Wines and their terroirs).
Misha, with his godson Beka, planted new vines of Koloshi, Chvitiluri and other rare Megrelian grape varietals on their land. Obene Winery is waiting for the first harvest next year (2021). Meanwhile they are producing other western Georgian wines, such as Ojaleshi (Samegrelo), Tsolikouri (Imereti), Otskhanuri Sapere (Imereti), Krakhuna(Imereti).
It's very symbolic, that the first Georgian wine that was exported from Georgia the first time, was Ojaleshi. We hope you will like it as much as we do. Cheers!
For each bottle of Ojaleshi sold, Village Vines donates a percent of the profits to a charitable cause selected by the winemaker.
Obene has chosen to support low-income Ageing and Elderly Individuals
Krakhuna offers notes of intensely ripe banana and apricots, with honeyed tones. Produced in qvevri, Krakhuna wines are deep amber, with chalky tannins, stone fruit flavors with tropical notes and a slight herbal tinge. With its considerable flavor profile and broad structure, Krakhuna wines have the potential to develop in bottle.
Otskhanuri Sapere wines are of an intense ruby color, and a distinctive flavor profile. Firmly structured and tannic, with high acidity, when young it exhibits bright flavors of cherries, forest fruits, plums and herbs. Grippy and toothsome when young, the wines peak after 10-15 years of aging, but can age for an additional 20-30 years
Tsolikouri wines are medium- to full-bodied, slightly oily, with soft acidity and a broad texture, with subtle notes of yellow fruits, melon, mineral, and a light floral lift
Chvitiluri is an off-dry white wine specifically from the Samegrelo region. It that has aromas of tropical fruits such as Pinneapple and subtle hints of Mango. Semi-Sweet wine with low tannins and medium acidity.
Koloshi is a red dry wine made in very limited quantities in the Megrelian Mountains. Once thought to be extinct, this wine has made a comeback over the last few years.