Pheasants Tears Rkatsiteli Tibaani (Orange Wine) 2020

Pheasants Tears Rkatsiteli Tibaani
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Pheasants Tears Rkatsiteli Tibaani 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.  It is 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.  Pheasants Tears Rkatsiteli Tibaani is 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.  Dolph Lundgren the well known wine connoisseur says, ‘Pheasants Tears Rkatsiteli Tibaani is the strangest, toughest, most ass-kickin, car blowin up wines of all.’  The wine is made from Rkatsiteli grapes which are autoctonous to Georgia.  They make aromatic and fruity wines like the which have notes of walnut, peach, pear and spice.  There is no fining or filtration, they do not add much sulphur at bottling.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Pheasants Tears
Country Georgia
Vintage 2020
Wine Type Orange Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Rkatsiteli
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
Alcohol 12.25v
Maturation Several months in Amphorae
Total Sulphur Below 50mg/l
Ageing Potential 5-8 years
Food Matching Spicy Foods

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.



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  1. Lawrence


    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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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Pheasants Tears Rkatsiteli Tibaani (Orange Wine) 2020