A lovely combination of exotic and floral tones with a zesty grapefruit and peach kernel character, very refreshing mineral finish.
One of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution Gaia Estate was established in 1994 by Greek winemakers Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Operating two different wineries they make cutting edge wines in both Nemea and Santorini. Gaia’s main aim is to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties to wine enthusiasts worldwide.
The Moschofilero grapes ( pronounced Mosho-FEEL- ero) come from the mountainous vineyards of Arcadia region, where the 15 year old vines are grown at an altitude of 700 metres and produce grapes with fruity characters and crisp acidity. The Roditis variety is grown at 900 metres altitude in upland Corinth, in a microclimate which imparts elegance to the resulting wine. The vines yield approximately 75 hectolitres per hectare and are grown in soils which are mainly limestone clay. The Assyrtiko grapes come from the slopes of Koutsi, which are planted at 600 metres above sea-level with a southwesterly orientation. The vines are 15 years old and are cultivated in marl on limestone soils.
The carefully selected grapes were chilled to 4°C before being destemmed and pressed. Each variety was vinified separately with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at 16°C, to preserve the varietal characters. Only the free-run must was retained from the Roditis grape variety. Fermentation lasted for approximately 20 days and the wines did not go through malolactic fermentation resulting in a crisp style of wine. The Roditis, Moschofilero and Assyrtiko wines were expertly blended to create a wine with perfect balance.
This fusion of traditional Greek varieties results in a light, fresh and elegant wine. The Moschofilero contributes vibrant, floral flavours, the Roditis imparts a smooth citrus zesty character and the Assyrtiko delivers wonderful complexity, crisp acidity and a mineral finish.
A delicious apéritif or as an accompaniment to light meals and delicate flavours.
Moschofilero 40%, Roditis 40%, Assyrtiko 20%
Winemaker: Yiannis Paraskevopoulos
Sub region: Peloponnese
Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 1.5
Contains Sulphites: Yes
Formats Available: 75cl