Pheasant’s Tears | Winery near Sighnaghi, a town in central Kakheti region of the Republic 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 derives its name from an old Georgian saying that very fine wines make pheasants shed tears of joy when they sip them.
Vineyards | Multiple small vineyards in various regions with a wide range of varietals.
Organic certification | 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 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 2016.
Polipheny | Red wine from 417 varieties. Nice plump fruit at the Real Wine Fair 2016.
Saperavi | 2015 Nice and plump. Bit too much extraction for me at the Real Wine Fair 2016.
Real Wine Fair 2016, Tobacco Dock, London 17-18th April.