The single varietal "Shavkapito" was once enjoyed by Georgian kings. It is grippy, tannic and dense with some earth and spice (smoky leather, tobacco and anise on the nose; plum and cherry with a hint of licorice on the palate).
Shavkapito is a rare dark-skinned variety which was only rediscovered recently. There are about 10 hectares in production in the Kartli region of eastern Georgia, with only two producers, Château Mukhrani and Pheasant’s Tears.
According to Jancis Robinson MW, Shavkapito produces "red-fruited wine with a smoky flavour, even without the influence of oak".
About the Winery:
All of the wines at Pheasant's Tears are fermented and aged in qvevri.
Pheasant's Tears qvevri vary in age but, some date back to the mid 19th Century. The winery built their cellar in the vineyard itself to minimize the damage to the grapes in transportation, allowing them to harvest and press before the hot hours of the sun. It is usually a question of hours before the harvested grapes are already pressed and in the cool qvevri.
In accordance with Georgian traditional winemaking methods, the ripest of stems are added to the grape skins, juice and pits, for both reds and whites produced by Pheasant's Tears. The maceration time depends on varietal and the size of the qvevri and varies between 3 weeks and 6 months.
Since all of Pheasant's Tears' wines are aged exclusively in qvevri, no flavors are imparted from oak barrels. What some might consider a lack of oak, the winery views as an opportunity to let the quality of the grapes and the resulting wine shine through.
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Pheasant's Tears Shavkapito Red (75cl)
- Size: 750ml
- Grape: Shavkapito
- Style: Dry
- Category: Wine
- ABV: 13%
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