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Climate: Dry, with limited rainfall during winter and spring. Moderate temperatures during winter. Warm to moderate temperatures during summer, usually without periods of extreme heat due to cooling northern winds. Humidity levels range from 60 to 80%, offering a breath of coolness to the vines.
Vineyard / Viticulture: Anhydrous, with the only source of water the low rainfall and high humidity, especially early in the morning.The average yield is low, about 3000 kilos per hectare but the quality of the production is excellent because of the concentration of all the solids parts existing in the berries (sugars, acids, aromatic compound, etc). The vines are particularly resistant to hot and dry conditions of the island, due to their rich and strong root system that penetrates the layers of volcanic soil (ash, lava and pumice covering the limestone and shale rock subsurface origin during successive eruptions.) The vines are pruned with the traditional pruning technique, called 'kouloura', which is a form of pruning of a low basket in which grapes are protected, without being injured by the hard blows of sand entrained by the wind. The fine, sandy soil, poor in nutrients, with little clay content, protects the vineyards of Santorini from phylloxera that is why the vines are ungrafted. In addition, due to the low rainfall combined with the winds prevailing on the island, the various vine diseases do not significantly affect the vineyards of Santorini.
Vinification: The name of the wine comes from the Venetian word "Mezzo", which means “Half”. When the grapes reach the desired degree of ripening, they are collected and sundried for about 6-7 days. That is the half days of sun drying needed for Vinsanto wine, hence the name “Mezzo”. The vinification takes place in the facilities of our winery under controlled conditions. Then, the wine ages in oak barrels in the natural underground canava (cellar) of our winery, under stable and controlled temperature (15 -16 οC) and humidity (70 -80%) for at least 2 years before bottling. The wine ends up naturally having naturally residual sugars 6 Be and alcohol 11% vol. No sugar added. No alcohol added. After bottling at our winery, the aging process continues in the bottles for many more years.
Harvest: end of August.
Tasting Notes: Rich aromas of coffee, caramel, dried fruits and dried nuts. A pleasant acidity that balances the sweet and mineral aftertaste.
Ageing potential: Unlimited.
Food Pairing: it accompanies excellently dried fruits, nuts, cakes with chocolate or cocoa, chocolate or vanilla ice cream, or by the glass, before or after a meal.
Best served: 7º - 9ºC
Package Dimensions: Width: 9 cm , Height: 39 cm , Depth: 8.5 cm , Weight: 1.70 Kg