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Liapis Rapsani PDO Xinomavro

Rapsani is a small appellation on the foothills of Mount Olympus. The PDO red is a co-fermented blend of Xinomavro, Krassato, and Stavroto and Konstaninos Liapis is one of the most experienced viticulturalists and winemakers in the area who makes his wines with minimal intervention – indigenous yeasts, only old oak barrels, unfined, unfiltered, and bottled without additional sulphur. A magnificent wine, it smells like mature Côte Rotie from the Northern Rhône. There is a phenomenal fragrance of smoke, tayberries, damson plums and hints of coffee and liquorice. The flavours are nicely ripe but with echoes of cigar leaf, leather and layer upon of complex red fruit. Wonderful balancing acidity gives it a gorgeous fresh, melodious finish.
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Liapis Winery, Rapsani, Thessaly

Konstantinos is the third generation of his winemaking family, who first planted their vineyards in 1935 around the village of Rapsani. Mrs Fanio Liapi was well known in the surrounding villages until the 1960s for her red wine, which was transported by mule in goatskins! Although based in modern winemaking facilities, Konstantinos still cultivates the same vineyards, which are certified organic, and located between 400 to 600 metres altitude on schist with a granitic and limestone based sub-soil. Half of the vineyards are 70 years old ungrafted vines, while the other half range from 15 to 35-years-old. The blend of his PDO Rapsani is 50% Xinomavro, 35% Krassato, and 15% Stavroto. Konstantinos’s winemaking is low intervention, using spontaneous fermentation and co-vinification of the three varieties.

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