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New wine from Pheasant’s Tears (Georgia)

20/01/2016

Pheasant’s Tears was established in the Khaketi region of Georgia in 2005 by John Wurdeman and Gela Patalishvili. As the Georgian wine industry modernised, preservation of Georgian grape varieties and the traditional way of making wine in kvevri (fermenting, storing, and ageing wine in earthenware vessels buried in the ground) were in danger of being lost. Luckily, John and Gela have ensured that these traditions continued and have created some truly unique wines.

Today the pair have holdings in small vineyards in several regions across Georgia, preferring to keep native varieties in their traditional regions rather than move them to one site. However, they also have another ambitious project underway: they aim to create a vineyard library that will house all 520 known Georgian varietals, with the view to make a single vineyard wine from it.

All Pheasant's Tears vineyards are managed organically. The vines are tended by hand, with the grapes hand-picked in the cool of the morning. All their wines are fermented and aged in kvevri, and their fermentation process makes use of naturally occurring yeasts. John and Gela have create a range of sophisticated wines representative of the richness of the Georgian soil and culture.

The following are the original orange wines made with ancient techniques that have inspired many of today’s iconic producers.

Pheasant's Tears Shavkapito 2014 $69.95 or $62.95
Pheasant's Tears Chinuri 2014 $49.95 or $44.95
Pheasant's Tears Rose Rkatsiteli 2014 $64.95 or $58.45
Pheasant's Tears Tavkveri 2011 $69.95 or $62.95

Also available:

Pheasant's Tears Saperavi 2007 $75 or $67.50
Pheasant's Tears Mtsvane 2013 $69.95 or $62.95
Pheasant's Tears Kisi 2012 $64.95 or $58.45

Paul Hervy, wine buyer

 

 

Paul Hervy