If you’re looking for an authentic red of strong character, look no further
Massena ‘The Howling Dog’ Saperavi 2015 – These guys bring us interesting wines like these 2 from the young Turks at Massena, who’ve managed to score 5 red stars already in JH’s Wine Companion. The wine is usually a blend but the 2015 is not. I think Saparavi comes from Georgia, it makes a rustic impression on first impact but soon lets you know that it’s a serious wine. There are flavours of dark berries, dust and scorched earth, of woodsmoke and crushed rocks, all given shape by a good backbone of tannin. It tastes younger than it is, will go well with spicy beef dishes, and should age well. The moderate alcohol is surprising given the power. If you’re looking for an authentic red of strong character, look no further. 93++ points. Try a bottle.