Puchang Vineyard Saperavi 沙布拉维 2016
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Very much an oasis in the middle of the desert, Puchang – located in Turpan Valley, China’s Xinjiang province - now comprises approximately 100 hectares of vineyards which produce up to 130,000 bottles each year. Puchang was first established in 1975. In 2008, Hong Kong business man, Mr. K.K. Cheung purchased the estate, giving it a new direction as one of the first organic wine producers in China. Puchang focuses on organic viticulture and winemaking with unwavering dedication and care under quality management. It also works with distinctive local grapes to present the taste of Xinjiang terroir. Thanks to the extreme desert climate, this land is almost entirely free of pests. Puchang is certified by ECOCERT as being organically maintained, which is an indication of its fine standard at the international level.
Puchang’s 2016 Saperavi has a deep ruby, inky appearance typical of this Caucasian variety, with the rim only just beginning to hint at garnet. On the nose, expect ripe, even dried fruit notes from this especially hot area of Xinjiang: intense black cherry, black plum and a touch of prune combining here with some secondary clove, toast, a hint of smoke and herbal notes. On the palate, the 2016 is full-bodied, albeit not as concentrated as Puchang’s Reserve Saperavi, showing some depth of flavor, bright acidity (a hallmark of Saperavi) and distinct alcohol. While Saperavi is capable of maintaining moderate alcohol levels in warm climates, the sheer heat of the Turpan basin has resulted in 14% alcohol (no doubt this could have been even higher). The alcohol level is not the issue so much as the slightly warming feel. Nonetheless, with moderate to longer length and a wholesome fruity finish, this is one of China’s best sources of Saperavi. The 2016 is drinking well now, but it will gain some tertiary complexity through to 2022. Wine Advocate 90