2021 Nomads Garden Saperavi King Valley – Nomads Garden is an experimental wine label born out of the pristine landscape and viticultural diversity of their home in the Alpine mountains of North East Victoria. All their wines are single vineyard and handmade with low intervention in the winery, this means wines they make: only use the naturally occurring wild yeast indigenous to the vineyard of origin, never add acid to their wines and minimal fining agents are added to their wines.
These wines are intentionally not labelled or marketed as Natural Wines although the ethos in which they are made is very similar, they believe the term “Natural” is far to ambiguous with no set guidelines dictating what exactly a natural wine is. Instead they feel the term Low Intervention is a far better description of what they are doing with Nomads Garden, creating wines by hand with minimal additives and a simple winemaking process that is transparently labelled on the back of the bottle. They expect these wines to stand up to conventionally made wines; low intervention to them is not an excuse for faulty or poor quality wine.
A new wine for 2021, the fruit is from the vineyard they source their Pinot Meunier. The vineyard had a quantity that they couldn’t find a home for in 2021 and was destined for a mega blend at one of the larger processing facilities in the area. Nomads Garden did a bit of brief research and it sounded interesting so they bought 3T.
Saperavi is a Georgian variety. Amazing in the winery, the most intense colour you will ever see, darker than Durif. The actual flesh of the berry is coloured, they have never seen this before, so intense it stains stainless steel. That is about where the similarities to Durif end, they picked a little earlier and fresher than most at 13.5 baume and the result is a very soft, plush and juicy wine with an extremely lifted perfume.
Winemaking was kept relatively simple, 100% of the fruit was destemmed but not crushed so as to preserve as many whole berries as possible. 72 hour cold soak. Fermentation started immediately, temperature was allowed to rise to 30c where it was held. Hand plunged once daily. 14 days on skins. Basket pressed to 5-6 year old French Oak Barriques and Puncheons for 7 months maturation on full gross lees. Lightly filtered then hand bottled at their winery. Vegan Friendly. Can be chilled to 10-12c.
Single Price: $32.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $24.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $288.00