Domaine Sigalas 'Mm' Mandilaria-Mavrotragano

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A wine with character, complexity and spicy finish.

Region: PGI Cyclades
Varieties:  Mavrotragano 60% - Mandilaria 40%
Style: Dry red
ABV: 13.5%

Vinification techniques: Typical red wine vinification techniques, fermentation and ageing for 1 year in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature. One part of the must ferments in French oak barrels.
Tasting characteristics: Ruby medium colour. Ripe red and black fruits on the nose with some spices too. Red cherries, black berries, and ripe tannins on the palate. Good acidity which helps the wine to mature beautifully. 
Food pairing: Roasted meat or casserole style, rich plates of the Mediterranean cuisine and mild flavoured cheese.

Total Acidity: 6,8 g/L
Ph: 3,32
Residual Sugar: 2,5 g/L
Total SO2: 78 ppm

The Vineyard:
The viticultural region of the island has a size of approximately 1,400 hectares, starting at sea level and ascending in terraces up to the caldera, which has a height of 150 to 250 meters above sea level depending on the location. The vines are classified as old vines (since they were not destroyed during the Phylloxera epidemic), and are over 50 years in age. The rejuvenation of the vineyards employs the same technique from antiquity to the present day, that of "kataboladi". This is the technique in which in the place of the dead vine, a branch from an adjacent vine is planted in the soil (to an approximate depth of 30 cm)

The pruning techniques:
The soil of Santorini and the pruning technique of the vineyards make the grapes and the vineyards unique all over the world.The soil is sandy and is a mixture of volcanic ash and pumice. There are a number of pruning techniques employed; the “giristi” and “koulouri” or “klada”.The pruning technique is both ancient and unique. It was created taking into account the soil and climate conditions of the island, as well as the farming tools and techniques available at the time. The sandy soil, the fierce spring winds, the time of year when the vineyards grow and the scorching sun of the summer have led to the creation of this peculiar and unique type of pruning.

The winery:
The winery was initially located in the traditional canava of the Sigalas family. In 1998, a new production, bottling and ageing facility was constructed, located in a privately owned area. Since then, and after continuous investment in modernization and expansion of the facilities.