Awarded Wine
Date

04/10/2012

Category

Red Wines

A one-of-a-kind blend: Syrah with the indigenous red variety of Crete, the mighty Kotsifali Intense dark red, with a complex bouquet, reminiscent
of forest fruits and hints of green pepper.
A well-structured velvety taste in the mouth, flawless balanced acidity and long aftertaste.

Type

Dry Red Wine

Category

Protected Geographical Indication Crete

Provenance

Selected vineyards in collaboration with vine growers from Heraklion region

Grape Varieties

Syrah 40% – Kotsifali 60%

Soil

Sandy clay loam rich in calcium

Vineyards

Our Syrah comes from the northwestern vineyards in Heraklion region, while our Kotsifali from selected vineyards cultivated within the vine-growing zone, at altitudes of 400-700m. The microclimate here is marked by cold winters and hot summers and made milder by the presence of northwesterly winds coming from the Aegean Sea. This type of climate is ideal for the production of extremely fine wines with rich aromas. The soil is sandy clay loam, rich in calcium, on medium slopes, mainly facing northwest. Cultivation interventions focus on two directions: increase of the useful leaf area, where necessary, and short but frequent watering during the ripening stage, if needed, to avoid dehydration. Apart from the intense expression of the characteristic aromas of the varieties, our goal here is to present full phenolic maturity. Plantation density is from 3.300 to 4.170 vines per hectare and production does not exceed 40hl per hectare.

Plant Density

3.300-4.170 vines per hectare

Alcoholic Volume

14%

Production

10.000 bottles 

Maturation Potential

7 years after harvest

Serving Temperature

Let breathe in an open decanter for 30´ to 60´ and serve at 16-18°C

Food Pairing

Perfect with veal, roasted or grilled or meat with spicy red sauces, roasted vegetables and yellow cheeses

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

After thorough inspection at the receiving area of the winery, grapes are preserved for 24 hours in very low temperatures. After stemming, the method of cryo-maceration is implemented at 10-11° C, for 24 hours. Fermentation takes place for 5-7 days.

Ageing

The wine produced from each variety matures separately in oak barrels for 12 months. Syrah matures in 225L American barrels and Kotsifali in French.
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