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Pheasant`s Tears Rkatsiteli Bodbiskhev Georgia 2019 (Orange Wine)

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One Line Description Pheasants Tears Rkatsitel Georgia Orange Organic Wine, Dry Unfiltered Orange Wine
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country Georgia
Producer Pheasants Tears
Vintage 2019
Wine Type Orange Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Rkatsiteli
Alcohol 12.25%abv
Terroir limestone, chalk and dark clay on the surface, whilst a metre deep lies a sandy loam mixed with gravel, providing excellent drainage for the vines’ root systems
Total Sulphur Level Below 50mg/l
Maturation Several months in Amphorae
Ageing Potential 5-8 years
Production Detail Long fermentation and skin maceration in Qvevri, clay Amphorae buried under ground, no fining, filtration and very little sulphur
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan, Hazy, Unfined, Oxidative Notes, Unfiltered


Pheasants Tears Rkatsitel Orange Wine Georgia, organic, aromatic, full-bodied and rustic. The name comes from a Georgian tale in which the hero claims that only a truly outstanding wine could make a pheasant cry. The Rkatsiteli is from thirty year old vines, fermented naturally underground for thirty days with wild yeasts in traditional clay amphorae called Qvevri. Golden amber in the glass with a nose of wild honey, but dry, and unexpectedly, full-bodied in the mouth with background notes of walnut and apricot. Rkatsiteli will stand up well with roasted chicken or more exotic fowl like duck or quail. As the great wine connoisseur, Dolph Lundgren, says PT Rkatsisteli is “the strangest, toughest, most ass-kickin’, car blowin’ up wines of all.”. Made from Mtsvane grapes which are local to Georgia and make aromatic and fruity wines like the Rkatsitel which has notes of peach, pear and spice. Unfiltered and unfined - only a tiny bit of sulphur is added at bottling.

Pheasant’s Tears is owned by three individuals: John Wurdeman who deals with sales and wine tourism; Gela Patalashvili who makes the wine, and a small Swedish importer of wine who facilitates the UK import. The vineyard is planted on limestone and chalk soils down the slopes of the eastern Georgian Kiziqi province overlooking the Alazani Valley and snow-capped Caucasus Mountains. This area has up to 14 hours a day of sunshine and evenings cooled by the breeze from the gorge, making for a unique microclimate. Gela grew up in a farming family and approached John in 2007 with a business proposition, aiming to bring authentic Georgian wines back to life. Gela’s desire is to preserve the traditional winemaking techniques, including organic viticulture and use of Qvevri. Qvevri, clay vessels lined with beeswax which are buried in the ground, were the first vessels ever to be used for wine fermentation, allowing the wines to ferment in the natural coolness of the earth. As is traditional for Georgian winemaking, the whole grape is used for the winemaking, and maceration varies on the qvevri and grape variety.


1Reviews For Pheasant`s Tears Rkatsiteli Bodbiskhev Georgia 2019 (Orange Wine)

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    The dried apricot, almond, minerals and flavoursome character of this wine would go so well with game or wild food like rabbit, pheasant or pigeon. Although I enjoyed it just with some nuts and crisps! This has character, great body and just felt luscious to drink. I'm not an expert on wine, especially the orange variety but now having tried a few; I would definitely stand by Pheasants tears as a solid go to. Low in sulphites always a plus for your liver, body and hangover! Delicious

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