Date

15/09/2011

Category

Red Wines

In Crete, Kariki means a row of vines (pron. Kah-REE-kee)
Blend of the indigenous Aegean red varieties Kotsifali and Mandilari.
Deep red with violet tints, when still young. Rich and balanced taste, round profile with long aftertaste. Characterized by dense aromas of small red fruits (blackberry, cherry) as well as
black pepper notes.

Type

Dry Red Wine

Category

Protected Geographical Indication Crete

Provenance

Selected vineyards in collaboration with vine growers from Heraklion region

Grape Varieties

Kotsifali 60% – Mandilari 40%

Soil

Sandy clay loam, rich in calcium

Vineyards

Selected from vineyards within Heraklion region, cultivated at altitudes of 300-500m. The variation in both microclimate and soil composition is ideal for the production of an extremely fine wine and yet of a wine that expresses Kotsifali’s and Mandilari’s characteristic aromas with considerable intensity. Cultivation interventions focus on having high phenolic maturity of the raw material. Plantation density is from 3.300 to 3.900 vines per hectare and production does not exceed 60hl per hectare.

Plant Density

3.300-3.900 vines per hectare

Alcoholic Volume

12%

Production

10.000 bottles 

Ageing

6 months in tanks and 2 months maturation in the bottle

Maturation Potential

2-3 years after harvest

Serving Temperature

16-18°C 

Food Pairing

Veal, roasted or grilled, grilled steak, roasted pork with plums

Volume

750ml

Available Packaging

12 bottles

Harvest

Harvest is done manually in the morning hours, from 6.00 to 12.00, to avoid high temperatures. Vine picking takes place with the use of plastic cases of 18kg which are then stored in refrigerated trucks to protect and preserve the grapes until they are delivered to our winery.

Vinification

As soon as the grapes arrive at the winery they are taken to be stemmed. After this, fermentation begins. The wine is not placed in barrels; it is placed in tanks which reproduce the barrel’s environment, through the application of micro-oxygenation. Later, the wine is bottled and rests for 1-2 months.
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