A-Grafo Assyrtiko

A-Grafo Assyrtiko is showing the natural expression of mainland Assyrtiko, through a wild fermentation of whole clusters, and no addition of sulfites.

  • Grower: Kontozisis Organic Vineyards
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Assyrtiko 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Karditsa
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: Partial whole cluster fermentation with re-introduction of whole berries during fermentation. Wild fermentation, and naturally lack of malolactic. Battonage on its lees and natural clarification, with unfiltered and unsulphured bottling.
  • Notes: Unusually floral aromas for an Assyrtiko, with citrusy notes, oily texture and the impressive signature Assyrtiko acidity and structure.

Viticulture

  • Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Warm Mediterranean
  • Soil: Calcareous sand
  • Vine age: Planted in 2003
  • Altitude: 300m
  • Slope: 10%
  • Planting density: 1.2m x 2m
  • Yield: 1.5kg / plant
  • Irrigation: A few times at times of drought
  • Spraying: A few times a year, certified organic preparations
  • Harvesting: Manual

Vinification

  • Maceration: 35 hours in stainless steel
  • Yeast: Indigenous – Wild fermentation with 30% whole clusters and addition of 20% whole berries
  • Malolactic: Natural (never happened due to low magic acid levels)
  • Maturation: 6 months in stainless steel on its lees with periodic stirring
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 1,500 lt
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Acidity: 5.50 gr/l
  • RS: 1.60 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 10 mg/l
  • Certification: USDA Organic Wine, No Added Sulfites
  • Bottle: 750ml

Kontozisis has been practicing certified organic agriculture and organic vinification since 1991, one of the first to get such a certification in Greece. His long term commitment to organic practices shows his honest approach to sustainability. Andreas Kontozisis and his partner Aphrodite Tousia are working passionately with the area’s indigenous red grape, Limniona, among others, for which they have developed proprietary vineyard techniques to get as much concentration as possible from the variety’s large grapes. All grapes are hand harvested and pruned from the low-yield (28 hectoliters / ha) estate-owned vineyards of 11 ha. Kontozisis uses no press (only free run wines) and no commercial yeasts.

Karditsa is a rural town in Thessaly, in the center of Greece. It is the bicycle capital of Greece, with many bicycle roads and many residents using them as their main transportation mean.

Its terroir is largely defined by the nearby Agrafa mountains, and the artificial Plastira lake. It is also in close proximity to the impressive Meteora rocks, which host the second most important cluster of monasteries in Greece.