Don’t let the difficult names put you off trying one of Georgia’s best regarded controlled appellations for dry white wines. Like Mukuzani, Tsinandali is in the heart of Kakheti, on the south-west bank of the Alazani River, where the soil is light clay and calcareous. It’s made from a blend of 80% Rkatsitelli and 20% Mtsvane, fermented cool in stainless steel to keep it fresh.
It’s a bright, greenish yellow wine, with soft subtle aromas of apple and almond, with a slightly peppery first taste, followed by a creamier and fruitier, and slightly woody finish.
Spicy and exotic on the nose with warm peachy notes. On the palate there’s apricot, spice, dried herbs and some grippiness.