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Manousakis Syrah

Deep, ruby red colour, this Syrah definitely benefits from decanting! Another powerful, yet expressive aroma of black and blue fruit, toasty vanilla oak and that mysterious herbal and bacon scent that epitomises top Syrah. Unlike wines from the so called 'New World' this Syrah has a classic palate of blue plump wild forest fruit, berries, herbs, leather, and that wonderful dry briar flavour touched by citrus hints. A classic Syrah that will deliver massive pleasure for 10 years. Get your finest full flavoured red meat dishes out. You will be well rewarded!
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Type: Dry Red
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
Region: PGI Chania, Vatolakos, Crete, Greece
Vinification: Classic red vinification in open oak vats and controlled temperature. Maceration lasts around 25 days. After maceration is complete the wine is racked into oak barrels (75% French oak, 25% US oak) for ageing over 10 months. All barrels are bought new and are replaced every 6 years. Soil is schist, sandy clay loamy, 320-380m (1050-1350ft) and 550-600m (1600-1950ft) 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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