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Manousakis Roussanne

Nostos means 'homecoming', and Ted Manousakis returned to his native Crete in 1993, followed by his daughter 14 years later. Alexandra is now the winemaker since 2007. This Roussanne is one of 12 wines produced. It's spiritual home is the Northern Rhone, but Vatolakkos seems to have the perfect climate for Rhone varieties. This is an absolute powerhouse white! Light gold hues, sensual aromas of vanilla, honeycomb and dried grasses. The flavours are dry, but with a huge range from white peach, bee pollen, comice pear, lemon zest, toast and a lot more. Plenty of acidity keeps this wine nicely fresh. It will age beautifully over the next five years. Stunning.
As low as £38.00

Type: Dry White
Varietal Composition: 100% Roussanne
Region: Vatolakos, Crete, Greece
Vinification: After gently crushing and pressing the free run juice ferments and matures for around 6-7 months in French oak barrels. Soil is schist, sandy clay loamy, 320 (1050ft) and 600m (1950ft) in altitude.

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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