Vinoterra Rkatsiteli White Dry 2016
Satisfied with the first experience, I am back at Schuchmann Restaurant in Tblisi for the second time. This time the guy suggests me to try a Kakthetian Amber wine saying: “Italians call it Orange, but it is amber!”. He opens the bottle to make me try it, and actually I am not really excited at first sip, but I want to trust him and try something new. It is made with 100% Rkatsiteli grape variety grown in Napareuli Appellation. Its name means “red stem” and during the Soviet Era it was possibly the world's most widely planted white wine grape (Wikipedia). Wine fermented and matured in Qvevri by old Georgian method. Gaumarjos!
In the glass the wine has a beautiful and elegant amber colour. The intensity is medium to pale.
The aromas intensity is light. There are soft hints of rose, raisin, sultana, white pepper and a delicate scent of apricot. Forget the intensity of the oak aged white wines you tried so far. After 30 minutes from the uncorking, there is a succulent note of pear, while the rose and the sultana become more feminine.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). Both flavour intensity and finish are medium plus. On the palate, fragrances of dried rose, vanilla, raisin and hazelnut. The last aroma is generally given by a deliberate oxidation of the nectar.
It is served at room temperature even if it is white. I haven’t enjoyed it by its own; instead I think it works quite well with stew rabbit, or with a monkfish cooked in the oven with potato and black olives. I am glad I tried it, but I am not thrilled. Good value for money.
Final vote: 88