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Paterianakis 2019 Melissokipos Red (Crete) ORGANIC

Impressively coloured and robustly flavoured, yet only 12.5% in alcohol. Spicy and incisive red wine with above-average character and interest for its echelon. A poster child for the virtues of autochthynous varieties. The Kotsifali is harvested first and made in tank, while the Mandilari is harvested last and aged in barrel.

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Wine Specifics

WineWise Code
HPA-MER19
Country
Greece
Region
Crete
Color/Style
Red
Farming Practices
Certified Organic
Varieties
50% Kotsifali 50% Mandilari
ABV
12.5
Residual Sugar
2
Acidity
5.4
Closure
Natural Cork
Case Size
12x750
Pricing
Discountable
Pumpover/Punchdown
2 times per day during fermentation
Destemming
Whole Cluster
Fermentation Vessel
Oak
Fermentation Duration
6 months
Aging Method
New Barrique 50%, Stainless Steel 50%
Aging Duration (months)
6 months
Filtered
No
Fining Agents
None
Yeast
Cultured
Lees Contact/Stirring
marc separated from the wine at the end of fermentation
Malolactic
Yes
Added Sulfur
Yes, 70 mg/L
Soil Type
Calcareous, Loess
Elevation (meters)
650
Vineyard Aspect
Northeast
Vine Age
20
Yields (hl/ha)
60
Vine Training
organic cultivation, using some aspects of biodynamic philosophy, minimise the use of heavy machinery, winter cover crop and winter rest,structural diversity and vertical biodiversity
Picking
Hand-harvested
Annual Production
10,000 Bottles

Notes from the Producer: A pure Cretan blend with a deep, red color. An everyday wine for all
occasions. The bottles we might open every day are the most important wines in our lives, because they shape our attitudes, desires and fire our imagination. Think wine as a food. If you care where your wine comes from, how its grown or made, about health consequences, apply the same logic to wine. Kotsifali known as the regions Pinot Noir, is a very compact cluster of Medium-sized grape, rich in alcohol and elegant aromas, so in this wine Kotsifali is unoaked to reveal its own unique personality. In contrast Mandilari, known as Cabernet, has a more intense red color, with hard,
rich tannins and an intense aroma. Mandilari is oaked so that it can be smoother with more velvet tannins. Explore to find out a very good value red wine from little - known grapes.

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