As the autumn rolls into winter we’ve eased back a little on country walks. The ground underfoot is wet and slippy with leaves and mud and the light isn’t reliable, we’re at that stage where we have plenty of winter downsides but no bright crisp frosty upsides.
I still enjoy a walk though so we’ve been having a few urban adventures. One urban walk around Leicester found us strolling towards the Evington Road. It’s a curious neighbourhood. The old cinema is now a Tesco Express mini-mart, there’s a selection of good Indian sweet shops and bad greengrocers. Places of worship have changed hands many times as different waves of immigrants have arrived from around the world, fleeing persecution, war and poverty.
One thing that has stayed the same for the best part of a century is Evington Wines. A wine shop that could just easily serve as a model store for a retail sequel to Up! The whole world has changed radically around the shop, several times, but it plods on, selling interesting wines to passers by. In this odd little corner of Leicester Evington Wines sells bottles you don;t see anywhere else and has the largest selection of Georgian wines I’ve ever seen. I have to admit, it doesn’t have a lot of competition in that regard.
I picked up a bottle of Telavi Marani Tsinandali 2011, not with any great knowledge or expectation, I just wanted to buy something as I was passing, but not a lot, as I still had a good walk home and I’d have to carry it. Although I guess I could have swigged it out of the bottle as I walked, but that may not have shown it off at its best.
The wine was a yellow colour, not deep enough to be a trendy orange wine, but more interesting than pale. It smelled of apples and pears and oak and history. Just off dry it had a medium acidity and a good dollop of tannin from oak. It also had an ever so slightly oxidised flavour, which gave it some extra depth, more like a sherry than a fault.
Medium bodied the flavour was quite intense, again, orchard fruits, oaky vanilla, oxidisation and thousands of years of wine making. The alcohol level was at the higher end of medium, but sat well with the flavours.
I’m not going to declare Georgian wine to be my absolute favourite, but I really enjoyed this bottle, and at £10 I thought it was a good value option, something different and interesting, rather like my walk.