Rkatsiteli is one of the oldest winemaking grapes known in the world and it is only grown by a few vineyards in the United States. We first planted it at McGregor Vineyard in 1980. We typically produce fewer than 100 cases - what we do produce is outstanding. It is a high acid wine, light in body, but incredibly complex. The 2019 vintage is on the dry side of semi-dry and has aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit, lemon, brine/sea foam (think raw oysters on the shell), serrano pepper, cinnamon, and green apple. Sip this light, crisp and delicate wine on its own or pair with shellfish, shaved fennel salad or fennel au gratin, pork chops with rhubarb compote, and lemon-garlic baked or grilled chicken.
A total of 0.73 tons of estate grown grapes was harvested on October 24, 2019 with 19.8 brix natural sugar, 10.8 g/l TA and a 2.99 pH. The grapes were destemmed, pressed and inoculated with yeast. A cool fermentation at 56-58 degrees lasted for 34 days. The wine is cold and heat stabilized and filtered. It has 12.4% alcohol, 9.8 g/l TA, a 2.86 pH and 1.75% residual sugar. Approximately 41 cases.