Melanthia Ancestral rosé

Melanthia Ancestral - Rosé Greek pet nat - Papras Bio Wines - Tyrnavos, Greece - Organic Natural wines

Melanthia (meaning “black flower”) Ancestral is a sparkling natural wine that ferments in a close tank, and finishes off its last residual sugars in the bottle, creating a dry, crunchy and floral experience around the rare Black Muscat of Tyrnavos grape.

  • Grower: Papras Bio Wines
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Grapes: Black Muscat of Tyrnavos 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Tyrnavos
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: Cold extraction, tank (charmat) method through a wild fermentation, with the produced CO2 trapped in the close tank, with the last few sugars fermenting in the bottle spontaneously, with zero additions except for some sulfites at bottling
  • Notes: Vivid floral and rosy notes with hints of mandarin and blood orange on the nose, with fine and persistent / rich bubbles, and a dry, spicy and crunchy palate, with a ginger aftertaste

Viticulture

  • Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate, affected by the nearby Olympus mountain, with cold Winters and hot Summers.
  • Soil: Mainly limestone, with good straining properties, and a PH of 7-7.8.
  • Vine age: Planted in 1997
  • Altitude: 110m
  • Slope: Plains
  • Planting density: 3,800 plants / ha
  • Yield: 2-3kg / plant
  • Irrigation: Drip irrigation
  • Spraying: 1-2 per season (bluestone / sulfur)
  • Harvesting: Manual

Vinification

  • Maceration: Stainless steel (4 days)
  • Yeast: Indigenous (Wild fermentation)
  • Malolactic: Full (naturally)
  • Maturation: –
  • Clarification: Racking
  • Filtration: –
  • Production: 1,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Acidity: 5.40 gr/l
  • RS: 2 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 28 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes
  • Bottle: 750ml

Papras Bio Wines  is operated by the Papras family. Stergios Papras, the family’s oenologist, has been a pioneer of organic viticulture in Greece. The family’s vineyards have been certified organic since 1990, one of the first to receive organic certification in Greece. The focus is on sparkling wines and the local “Black Muscat of Tyrnavos“. The terroir and the breeze from the nearby mount Olympus, make Tyrnavos ideal for sparkling and aromatic wines.

Tyrnavos is sitting on the south slopes of the mythical mount Olympus, on the region of Thessaly in Greece. The proximity to the mountain, and the river that encircles the town of 16,800 people, define its terroir. Tyrnavos is mainly known for its production of tsipouro and ouzo, and is considered the birthplace of ouzo. Tyrnavos is also famous for a Dionysian carnival celebration named “Bourani”, which is known for its celebration of phallic symbols.