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Producer: Monemvasia EstateGrape Varieties: Agiorgitiko 90%, Mavroudi 10%Optimum Drinking: Within 12 yearsWine Style: Rounded robust redAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Greece
This deep ruby wine shows attractive aromas of ripe cherry, laced with mocha, coffee, vanilla and a hint of nuttiness. Round and balanced, with ripe tannins and a velvety texture, it has a savoury character that leads to a long, persistent finish.
The appellation of origin Malvasia is refered to the Byzantine city of Monemvasia whose name was also given by the Franks to its wine. The vineyards were located at Dorieon Chora the region of the countryside of Epidavros Limiras which was a favourable environment for the vineyard cultivation. The mild coastal climate in combination with the terrain made up the exceptional features which gave a unique quality to the wines of Malvasia. This is where Malvasia was made prior to the 13th century when the local traders loaded it onto the ships from the port of Monemvasia. In the Byzantine era, the economy of fortified cities such as Monemvasia was based on trade. After the 14th century, these cities gained significant privileges and traded freely in all major trading centres.
Selected grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and innoculated with carefully selected yeasts. An extended maceration took place at 28°C, so that the ripe Agiorgitiko variety could express its powerful character at full strength. This was followed by a malolactic fermentation and then the wine was matured in new oak barrels for a period of 12 months.
An ideal accompaniment to roasted red meats, pan-fried steak-frites and mature cheeses
Agiorgitiko 90%, Mavroudi 10%
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