Pheasants Tears Rkatsiteli Tibaani (Orange Wine) 2022

Pheasants Tears Rkatsiteli Tibanni
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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. 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.  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, grilled Veg, Tuna steak etc.  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.’  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 2022
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 12.5% abv
Maturation Several months in Amphorae
Total Sulphur Below 50mg/l
Ageing Potential 5-8 years
Food Matching Blue Cheese, Curries, Poultry, 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.  They overlook the Alazani Valley and snow-capped Caucasus Mountains. This area has up to 14 hours a day of sunshine.  The evenings are 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.  She wanted to bring authentic Georgian wines back to life.  Gela’s desire is to preserve the traditional winemaking techniques.  These include organic viticulture and the 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. They allow the wines to ferment in the natural coolness of the earth. At Pheasant's Tears, the whole grape is used for the winemaking for reds and whites (Orange) according to tradition.  The length of maceration varies on the qvevri and grape variety.

John Wurdeman says of the winery...

'Pheasant’s Tears was born out of a love of authentic tradition, and culture and endless creativity. It is more than a winery, it's about songs, cuisine, art, heritage, tangible and intangible.  For wine is born out of a confluence of the spirit of a place, its geology, its history, and the emotions of the vintner himself. In the end, a dialogue between nature and man, a fine tension between respect for the past and creating a new experience for tomorrow.  Traditions here are seen as the nourishing soul for improvisation and respectful evolution.'

The Pheasant's Tears wines are expressive and full of character.  With the rising interest in Georgian wines and also the prices, Pheasant's tears still offer outstanding value for money.



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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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