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Manousakis Grenache

Another masterpiece from Manousakis. What's fascinating about this Grenache is that it seems to combine the best of the Rhône with the strengths of its adopted Cretan home. Instead of being flabby it has the magic balance that seems to surround the indigenous red Greek varieties. The reason for this elegance lies in the fact following a 14-day maceration post fermentation to gently extract all the primary fruit, the wine is racked into large oak casks where it rests for 10 months. It has a light crimson colour like all top-notch Grenaches. The flavours are so delicate with wild herbs and citrus peel at the fore, followed by a blend of strawberries with chocolate and liquorice and a hint of star anise. Brilliant with beef, lamb, and all manner of BBQs!
As low as £32.50

Type: Dry Red
Varietal Composition: Grenache 100%
Region: PGI Chania, 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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