Rkatsiteli, Pheasant's Tears, Tibaani
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Orange Wine (Skin Contact)

Rkatsiteli, Pheasant's Tears, Tibaani - 2020

Item # 27839 750mL

An orange wine and a classic for any who are curious to try this oxidative, unique style. This Rkatsiteli was fermented and aged in qvevri, or clay anfora, for six months. The slow intake of oxygen makes this wine distinctly not gold, not brilliant, but appetizing. Aromas of raw honey, walnuts, and lightly dried apricots merge with a tannic palate. This wine comes from the Tibaani village in Kakheti, Causcaus, Georgia.

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Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

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Some writers suggest that Rkatsiteli was the first vine planted by Noah after the flood. Some others say that Rkatsiteli seeds have been found in clay vessels dating back to 3000 BC. This is a traditional style of Georgian white wine. It has been vinified on the skins in clay amphorae called 'quevri.' Pheasant Tears is amber in color with aromas and flavors of apple skin, apricot, peach, nectarine, and dried sultana, and is well-balanced by Rkatsiteli's lively acidity. 'Khachapuri' bread with 'Sulguni' cheese and garlic chicken with herbs in the best Georgian style will match this fine wine with almost mathematic precision. Enjoy it!


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