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Rosé Moschofilero 2019

Vineyard: Moropoulos
Region: Peloponnese
Country:N/A

Tasting Notes 


Pale pink-/salmon-coloured, more Provence than Tavel in style. Bouquet of Bing cherries, raspberry and watermelon. On the palate, this zippy rosé has tart raspberry, rhubarb and pink grapefruit flavours, with a touch of stony minerality. It is a drier-styled pink sipper. Pair with grilled calamari or a lemony bowl of Taramasalata dip.

Varieties


Moschofilero is a grey-skinned variety, prone to some mutation, allowing winemakers the option of crafting rosé as well as white wines. It is an ancient Greek grape that can be accurately traced in the mountainous Peloponnese region back to antiquity. Aromatic with high acidity, it is known for being quite difficult to work with, but when done well can create floral, peppery and lively aromatic wines of great quality.

Region


Mantinia is one of the crown jewels of the mountainous, cloud-covered Central Greece and Peloponnese area, in the region of Arcadia. This historic plateau was where the largest and most famous battle between Athens and Sparta was fought during the Peloponnese War in 472 A.D. Surrounded by the stunning peaks of Mainalo, Artesimo and Parnon Mountains, the foothills and plateau are home to the indigenous Moschofilero grape. Having been cultivated continuously for over 3000 years, Mantinia is one of the coolest and highest elevation wine regions in Greece.

Vineyard


These estate vineyards are located at some of the highest elevations of any wine-growing region in Greece. This region is also one of the coolest, despite its proximity to the Aegean Sea. The rocky soil sits on a bed of sand and clay. The old vines are double spur trained to help get the most out of the afternoon sun and assure full ripening. Most of the vineyards have already achieved Organic certification, with the rest due to achieve that status in the upcoming vintages.

Winemaking


Hand-harvested grapes are selected for their darkest pigment. The grapes receive a long soak and maceration on the skins to pick up colour and flavour. The wine is racked off the skins gently, and then fermented at temperature control in stainless steel to preserve primary fruit.

Cellar Profile


Located in Greek village of Neochori, in the heart of the larger Mantinia wine region, Moropoulos is a boutique, family-owned and operated winery. The Moropoulos’ have a long tradition of vine growing in the region producing high quality fruit for the last several decades. More recently, the family’s siblings decided to establish their own winery, focusing on making only two wines, both from the native and renowned grape, Moschofilero. Their 12 hectares of vines are planted on well-drained rocky clay and loamy soils and are farmed organically. Despite its relatively southern latitude, the property is located on an elevated plateau (700m), making the climate more Continental than Mediterranean. The warm, dry days and cool nights results in fresh and structured wines.

Wine Type: Rosé

Variety: Moschofilero

Classification: PGI

Orientation: North-South

Appellation: Arcadia

Gradient: 650-700masl

Soil: Loam, sandy loam

Farming Practice: Organic practices

Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/L

Alcohol: 13%

Malolactic: No

Bottle Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 6.7 g/L

Other Practices: Sustainable