Georgian Sun - Mtsvane Rkatsiteli 2018
Producer: Georgian Sun
Wine name: Mtsvane Rkatsiteli
Varieties: ,
ABV: 13.0

This is a range of wines made by the same team as Vazisubani (the winemaker is Lado Uzunashvili), but with fermentation in stainless steel tanks instead of qvevri. It’s still made with long skin contact though.

Very expressive and herbal on the nose, with charming sliced pear fruit (I associate this with Mtsvane) and butterscotch. Bruised orchard fruits and dried herbs on the palate, nice weight and freshness.
Rather brutal, drying tannins at the moment, which mar the finish and lead it into a very savoury almost whisky-like finale.

I left this open for a few days (in the fridge) and it was much improved with the oxygen – the tannins softened and the fruit became yet more expressive. So its one to age for a year or so, if you can.