Domaine Sigalas Apiliotis, Mandilaria, Red Naturally Sweet, 2008
Price: £25.70
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Type: Red Naturally Sweet, Table Wine, Santorini 50cl
Vintage: 2008
Varietal Composition: Mandilaria 100%
Region: Santorini, Cyclades
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. With vine age over 50 years, this wine is to be served chilled and will further benefit from an extensive ageing. To pair with strong cheeses, sweet dried fruit and chocolate.

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.Domaine Sigalas’ wines are sorted according to their type. The presentation begins with white and light wines, moves to red and strong ones and ends with sweet wines.