Samaropetra

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Winemaker Notes

Bright yellow color, intense green aromas of freshly-cut grass and kiwi, lower alcohol and a vividly refreshing character. A wine blending the typical expression of a cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc and the well-structured body of a Roditis grown in mountainous vineyards.

 

Viticulture

The grapes are sourced from the viticultural zone of Agios Panteleimon within the Amyntaion appellation in Florina, Northwestern Greece. The high altitude (600m) and the poor sandy soils of the area lead to low vineyard yields (up to 40Hl/Ha) and slow ripening that results in a rare aromatic intensity especially for white grape varieties. Thanks to the four surrounding lakes that act as a buffer zone, the vines experience more temperate weather conditions than expected. We distinguish and treat accordingly two different vineyard types for Roditis: Those with high canopy and drip irrigation give good ripeness and balance between alcohol, acidity and intense aromas. Those with low canopy that are head-pruned at low height and dry-farmed give lower yields, later harvest dates, and high acidity with big mouthful.

Winemaking

We cold soak the Sauvignon Blanc entirely and partly the Roditis coming from the irrigated vineyards. Thus we maximize the extraction of aroma precursors into the must. Fermentation takes place at temperature ranges from 16 to 18°C in stainless steel tanks except for about 10% of the low-canopy Roditis that ferments in new oak at 20°C. After fermentation an enzyme-aided batonnage on the lees shapes the final fatty character.

 

 

Wine ID

Dry white  
PGI Florina  
170,000 bottles
Private vineyards and contract-growers in Agios Panteleimonas, Florina  
Roditis (50%), Sauvignon Blanc (50%)  
Batonnage in stainless steel tank for 2 1/2 months  
2-3 years 
Balanced, exuberant, and easy to drink with salads and seafood or on its own as a refreshing aperitif  

 

 

Analytical Data

12.9%
3.41 
5.2 g/L
0.35 g/L
1.5 g/L
7.54 
 
26/118 ppm