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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 4000 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: No mechanical pressure. We do the maceration only for few days in order to avoid aggressive tannins. Then, in the establishments of our winery, the alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at 20-22 οC while the aging continues into French oak barrels for about 7 months. In order to maintain the quality of the wine, the aging in barrels takes place in the underground canavas (cellar) where stable and controlled temperature conditions (15 -16 οC) and humidity (70 - 80%) are strictly monitored. Bottling takes place in our specially designed areas of Koutsogiannopoulos winery.
Harvest: end of August.
Tasting Notes: It is a wine with intense deep red color and 'crisp' acidity. Concentrated aromas of red fruits (sour cherries, blackberries) and tobacco. Rich, dense full-body, spicy with aging potential. Velvety tannins and long, mineral after taste.
Ageing potential: 10 years.
Food Pairing: It accompanies excellent red meats with light sauces, game, cheese dishes and spicy appetizers.
Best served: 16 - 18 ºC
Package Dimensions: Width: 9 cm , Height: 39 cm , Depth: 8.5 cm , Weight: 1.70 Kg