2020 Mtsvane Tibaani
Pheasant’s Tears was established in the Khaketi region of Georgia in 2005 by John Wurdeman and Gela Patalishvili.
John, a native of Virginia in the US, settled in Georgia after studying fine art in Russia.Mtsvane is harvested from their estate vineyard in Tibaani. Fermented in kvevri for 3 weeks, on 8% skins before further aging in Kvevri for 1 year total. The wine is cloudy and we recommend decanting after setting for best results. A medium apricot colour, foreshadowing the flavours that emerge from the glass – apricot, feijoa, ginger blossom, pumpkin and burnt honey. The mouthfeel is plump and juicy, with a chameleonic interplay between the fine chalky tannins, the medium levels of acidity and a touch of bitterness that give the Mtsvane personality. Those juicy flavours are mostly sweet-fruited, from apricot and nectarines, alongside notes of tonic water, gold green tea and honey. Delicious and funky.