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Type: Dry Red
Varietal Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Limnio
Region: PGI Mount Athos
Winemaking: The grapes are handpicked and sorted on a conveyor belt before crush. Two-days pre-fermentation cold soak at 8-10°C. Alcoholic fermentation for a period of 15-20 days at controlled temperatures of no more than 25°C. Traditional red vinification in open oak vats (50 hl); this traditional “Mount Athos Vinification Technique” supplies the grape must with enough oxygen for fermentation and imparts a rich aroma and smooth taste that is enhanced by ageing. Malolactic fermentation in open oak vats. The final blend is made five months after harvest and the last racking takes place about six months later. The wine is filtered very lightly. Maturation: 16 months in oak barrels 300Lt
Barrels: 100% French oak (50% first fill – 50% 2nd and 3rd fill) Further ageing in bottle for at least 12 months before release
Residual sugars (gr/lt): 3.4
Total acidity (gr tartaric acid/ lt): 4.58
Tasting Characteristics: Deep ruby red colour with great intensity. Bold aromas of small dark fruits, spices and vanilla on the nose. Dry palate, with well-structured tannins and a full body. Complex aromas of ageing, coffee and bitter chocolate accompany the fruity and spicy character. Aftertaste is long, complex and impressive.
The Tsantali family has been cultivating vineyards, making wines and distilling ouzo and tsipouro since 1890.
Evangelos Tsantalis, second generation winemaker and one of the most charismatic figures in the Greek winemaking history, has rendered the local family business into a rapidly developing brand name, always at the forefront of innovation.
The vineyard has always been the core of the Tsantali philosophy. The rejuvenation of some of the most exquisite vineyards in Northern Greece like Mount Athos, Rapsani, Halkidiki and Maronia, is attributed to the family’s vision; thanks to the Tsantali’s dedication and strategic investment, today outstanding traditions are safely kept, biodiversity and native grapes are preserved and incentive has been given to younger vine growers and winemakers.
This long-standing heritage is carried on today by the third and fourth Tsantali generation. The goal remains a solid blend of deep respect for the identity of the vineyard, emphasis on quality and sustainable development, commitment to insightful entrepreneurship, and a seductive storytelling inspired by the “sense of place”.