Melanthia sparkling rosé

Melanthia (meaning “black flower”) reflects the unique and intense aromas of roses, that stem from the rare Black Muscat of Tyrnavos, the organically-grown grape that thrives on the South slopes of mount Olympus.

  • Grower: Papras Bio Wines
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Black Muscat of Tyrnavos 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Tyrnavos
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Bottle: 750ml / 187ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: Cold extraction, tank method, wild fermented
  • Notes: Vivid floral and rosy notes on the nose, with finesse on the slightly bubbly and spicy palate

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 (30 hours)
  • Yeast: Indigenous (Wild fermentation)
  • Malolactic: Blocked through temperature control
  • Maturation: –
  • Clarification: Cold stabilization
  • Filtration: Paper filter
  • Production: 5,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Acidity: 5.80 gr/l
  • RS: 40 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 77.2 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes
  • Bottle: 750ml / 187ml

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.