Shavnabada Monastery – Saperavi 2007

by  |  27-09-2017

The Shavnabada Monastery is like many monasteries in Georgia: very, very old and with a killer view. They also happen to be the second monastery in Georgia to start releasing wines. The first of course was Alaverdi in Kakheti, but it’s not as though the Shavnaba monks arrived all that late to the game as they restarted wine production back in 1998. Alaverdi was in 2006, so how is it that Shavnabada has just started to be better known? It is after all about 25 minutes from the center of the capital, Tbilisi so it’s had access to a ready market. The issue lies in the fact that despite Alaverdi doing extensive aging of their wines, Shavnaba does even longer. I had the chance to taste their 2007 Saperavi when I was presenting the Georgia book earlier this month in Oakland at The Punchdown. It shows a) the massive power […]
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