PHEASANT’S TEARS is a winery in the Kakheti region of Georgia. It was formed in 2006 as a collaboration between John Wurdeman, an artist from the US, and Gela Patalishvili, a local winemaker. Pheasant’s Tears is derived from an old Georgian saying that very fine wines make pheasants shed tears of joy when they sip it. The wines are made near Sighnaghi, a town in central Kakheti.
VINEYARDS / Multiple small vineyards in various regions with a wide range of varietals.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION / Yes but only for some vineyards eg. Saperavi.
WINEMAKING / Wines are fermented and aged in qvevri lined with beeswax. Minimal sulfites.
CHINURI / 2015 White wine. No skin contact. Nice, cool fermented, vat sample so some reduction but good at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
CHINURI WITH SKINS
RKATSITELI QVEVRI / 2015 Vines on steep slopes, so worked by horse. 6 months on skins with the stems. Well made, clean at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
POLIPHENY / Red wine from 417 varieties. Nice plump fruit at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
SAPERAVI / 2015 Nice and plump. Bit too much extraction at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.