Chelti, Qvevri Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia, 2015
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
This is certainly the best Saperavi ever submitted to either DAWA or its London counterpart, the DWWA. It's a qvevri version, but remember that for red wine this marks a less consequential difference from conventionally vinified wines than do amber qvevri wines from conventional whites (because all red wines are vinified with their skins). The black-purple colour is typical for young Saperavi -- though a measure of this wine's quality comes with the fact that it's already three years old. The bubbling, swirling black-fruit aromas have a typical incense-like complexity, while its hugely energetic flavours, firm tannins and exuberant back palate are no less typical. Not just a copybook example of Georgia's greatest red grape variety, but a wine from the Caucasus to put up against the best from Europe's classical regions.