Chateau Mukhrani, Rkatsiteli, Wine of Georgia, Karti, Georgia, 2013
Is a Georgian native and its most widely planted variety, white or red. Wines can show refreshing acidity, and a sensory profile including spicy, floral, citrus, green apple, stone fruit, quince, honey.
This wine: lot no. L4293, varietal rkatsiteli, synthetic cork closure, 12.5% abv, M&S, £9.50 (02/16)
Consumer tasting note: a rich ripe nose of stewed spicy dessert apple and yellow peach, galia melon, and a floral whiff of honeysuckle; medium bodied, with more melon and stewed dessert apple, edged with touches of almond oil and ground ginger. Finishes medium. Decant for 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, developing, medium (+) intensity, with aromas as they come, of spicy stewed yellow peach, ripe galia melon, pineapple skin, stewed dessert apple, with a floral lift of honeysuckle, bees-wax. On day 2 there is also a warm sultana-like aroma.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a low-key grip with a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe galia melon, stewed dessert apple, bees-wax, touches of almond oil and ground ginger. A medium length with a clean stewed apple-peach edged with almond oil finish.
Quality: good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol, in keeping with the moderate intensity and lesser concentration, showing some complexity, with a little grip and spice from exposure to not new wood, or extended maceration on the skins, and evidence of bottle age with notes of stewed fruit, bees-wax and ginger. Finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure, but intensity, concentration and indicative length point to consumption now rather than much later, though it will keep for a year.