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Manousakis 'Alexandra's' Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre

40% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, and 40% Grenache are vinified separately and aged in 75% French / 25% US oak, which are bought new and are replaced every 4 years. A deep, full-bodied, yet incredibly well-balanced blend, the classic Rhône that has varieties have clearly made a very happy home 350 metres in the hills above Chania in Crete. This is definitively a modern wine with lovely scents of vanilla, spice, and ripe fruit. The Mourvèdre almost transports you to Bandol and adds a lovely licquorice note to the bramble and deep red fruits of the Syrah and Grenache. To enjoy this serious red, try some garlicky lamb shoulder and decant the wine two hours in advance.
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Type: Dry Red
Varietal Composition: 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache
Region: Crete

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans

Manousakis Winery, Vatolakos, Crete

The winery was founded in 1983 when Ted Manousakis wanted to re-connect with his Cretan heritage. Fourteen years later, his daughter Alexandra returned to join the business too. The winery is the culmination of the father and daughter’s dream, to produce and share world-class wine in a place they love. Since Ted is neither an oenologist nor a viticulturist, he carefully selected an expert team of consultants, including Laurence Feraud, Pascal Marchand, and many others to conduct research. They concluded that the Mediterranean varieties of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Roussanne would grow best on the scent-filled terroir of the Lefka Ori Mountains of western Crete. Their production methods are motivated by a belief in organic farming: respecting the environment is crucial, along with being sensitive to the balance of the ecosystem and encouraging sustainable development. Their vineyard workers treat each vine by hand, with individual attention and care. Due to the variation of soil conditions, they practice customised farming and a ‘mosaic’ style of cultivation, which is necessary for uniform fruit ripeness and the production of great quality wines. The word ‘Nostos’ appearing on many of the labels translates as ‘a yearning to come home’ and this is at the heart of the Manousakis philosophy. As well as their Cretan wines, Manousakis also produce a traditional Cretan Tsikoudia, the local name for the grape marc spirit, from Roussanne.

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