Awarded Wine
Mare de Candia
Client

Boing Plc

Date

14/08/2011

Category

White Wines

Handakas-Candia refers to the name Handax (Arab name of the city of Heraklion in the 820s), latinized as Candia and used under the Venetian rule, referring to all of Crete, as well as the city itself. The ancient name Heraklion was revived in the 19th century from the nearby Roman port of Heracleum “City of Hercules”.
Rare blend of indigenous white grape varieties Vilana, Vidiano, Athiri and Assyrtiko.
Brilliant lemon with green tints, characteristics of a new and great wine. Impressively complex with bold aromas – lemon, pear, orange peel and flowers. Immaculately balanced with a long aftertaste.

Type

Dry White Wine

Category

Protected Designation of Origin Handakas-Candia

Provenance

Selected vineyards in collaboration with vine growers from Heraklion region

Grape Varieties

Vilana 85%, Vidiano, Athiri, Αssyrtiko 15%

Soil

Sandy clay loam

Vineyards

Vilana, Vidiano, Athiri and Assyrtiko, all come from selected vineyards in Heraklion; carefully scrutinized, these vineyards are at altitudes of 400-700m, where
the soil is mainly sandy clay on steep slopes. Due to the diverse terroir, the microclimate in these semi-mountainous regions, is ideal for the production of fine wines yet of wines with particularly intense expressions of the characteristic aromas, especially of the Vilana grape, which participates here with 85%. 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 all four varieties, our goal in this blend is to present their full phenolic maturity. Plantation density is from 3.300 to 4.800 vines per hectare and production does not exceed 40hl per hectare.

Plant Density

3.300-4.800 vines per hectare

Alcoholic Volume

12,5%

Production

5.000 bottles 

Maturation Potential

Ready to drink

Serving Temperature

10-12°C 

Food Pairing

Delightful with fried seafood, seafood risotto, grilled fish, cheese platters

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 for about 6 hours. Consequently, the free-run juice is taken without pressure. Cold settling and injection with selected yeast follow, to highlight the aromatic character of these varieties. Wines are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks for 10-12 days at temperatures that do not exceed 16°C.
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