Domaine Sigalas 'Apiliotis' Mandilaria

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A sophisticated red sweet wine with good balance between acidity, sweetness and tannins.

Region: PGI Cyclades
Varieties: Mandilaria 100%
Style: Sweet Red
ABV: 9%

Vinification techniques: The grapes are sun dried for 10-12 days, then are taken to the destemmer crusher. The wine is then aged in old oak barrels for a minimum of 24 months.
Tasting characteristics: Deep and rich red colour, with the proper balance between sugars, tannins and acidity. Vibrant and complex after-taste.
It is served chilled and will further benefit from an extensive ageing.
Food pairing: To pair with strong cheeses, sweet dried fruit and chocolate.

Total Acidity: 13 g/L
Ph: 2,9
Residual Sugar: 300 g/L
Total SO2: 80 ppm

The Vineyard:
The viticultural region of the island has a size of approximately 1,400 hectares, starting at sea level and ascending in terraces up to the caldera, which has a height of 150 to 250 meters above sea level depending on the location. The vines are classified as old vines (since they were not destroyed during the Phylloxera epidemic), and are over 50 years in age. The rejuvenation of the vineyards employs the same technique from antiquity to the present day, that of "kataboladi". This is the technique in which in the place of the dead vine, a branch from an adjacent vine is planted in the soil (to an approximate depth of 30 cm)

The pruning techniques:
The soil of Santorini and the pruning technique of the vineyards make the grapes and the vineyards unique all over the world.The soil is sandy and is a mixture of volcanic ash and pumice. There are a number of pruning techniques employed; the “giristi” and “koulouri” or “klada”.The pruning technique is both ancient and unique. It was created taking into account the soil and climate conditions of the island, as well as the farming tools and techniques available at the time. The sandy soil, the fierce spring winds, the time of year when the vineyards grow and the scorching sun of the summer have led to the creation of this peculiar and unique type of pruning.

The winery:
The winery was initially located in the traditional canava of the Sigalas family. In 1998, a new production, bottling and ageing facility was constructed, located in a privately owned area. Since then, and after continuous investment in modernization and expansion of the facilities.