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Amber Rkatsiteli 2019

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A Georgian grape variety that dates back to 3000 B.C. and the oldest known grape variety in the world.

Ample aroma characteristics of pear, grapefruit, lime zest, tea leaf and white apricot with mineral undertones. The wine has a very good palate weight with a textural mouthfeel and lengthy finish. Flavors of apricot, white flowers, orange zest, and herbaceous notes finishing with bright acidity.

Pair with Olives, Goat Cheeses, Sushi, Seafood, Salads (Citrus, Vinaigrette), Grilled White Meats, BBQ.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2019
ACID 9.83 g/L
Varietal Rkatsiteli
PH 3.70
Residual sugar 0.74 g/L
AGING Aged 7 Months in Amphora, Clayver & 10 Neutral Barrels.
Alcohol % 13

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TASTING NOTES

Ample aroma characteristics of pear, grapefruit, lime zest, tea leaf and white apricot with mineral undertones. The wine has a very good palate weight with a textural mouthfeel and lengthy finish. Flavors of apricot, white flowers, orange zest, and herbaceous notes finishing with bright acidity.


VINEYARD NOTES

Rkatsiteli originates in the country of Georgia and it one of the oldest grape varieties in the world dating back to 3000 B.C. The grape has a very strong resistance to cold winter conditions and retains high acidity even in the hottest summers.

Dr. Konstantin Frank was the first to plant Rkatsiteli in the Finger Lakes during his experiments in the 1950s and 1960s. We grow just under 10 acres of Rkatsiteli on our Keuka Estate: 3.1 acres planted in 1983, 2.8 acres in 1987, and 3.8 acres in 2003. Our soils on Keuka Lake are shallow, Mardin and Volusia silt loam with high shale content which adds minerality, acidity, and elegance. Our vineyard is east-facing ranging from 980 ft to 1200 ft elevation and are at the deepest parts of Keuka Lake.


WINEMAKER NOTES

Similar to a wine barrel, amphoras cause micro-oxygenation, which concentrates the wine. And since an amphora is shaped like an oval, it keeps the wine and lees constantly moving and in suspension. An amphora is usually toasted inside 3-4 times, which creates a layer like beeswax. This beeswax-like layer adds additional protection to the wine ensuring that the wine does not seep through the porous clay of the amphora. Unlike a wine barrel, an amphora does not actually impart any flavors to the wine. What an amphora does provide, however, is roundness, mouthfeel and concentration. An amphora softens the flavors of Rkatsiteli as well as its tannins. In summation, most of the flavors in the wine come from the grape itself, but an amphora adds to the flavors’ concentration and complexity.


VARIETY

100% Rkatsiteli.

VINEYARD

100% Keuka Estate.

VINIFICATION

Whole Cluster. 5 Day Cold Soak on Skins. 11 Day Ferment on Skins. 16 Days Total on Skins.

VESSEL

Open-Top Stainless Steel. Temperature Controlled.

FERMENTATION

On Skins. Twice Daily Punchdowns.

ÉLEVAGE

Aged 7 Months in Amphora, Clayver & 10 Neutral Barrels.

ACCOLADES

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