Monolithos red – PDO Nemea

Monolithos red is the epitome of the most planted red grape of Greece, the indigenous Agiorgitiko, in a low intervention “nouveau” (fresh) vinification.

  • Grower: Bairaktaris
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Agiorgitiko 100%
  • Appellation: PDO Nemea
  • Alcohol: 13.30%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Dry, Low intervention
  • Vinification: Stainless steel fermented, with 3 months on its lees with periodic stirring
  • Notes: Vivid red color with aromas of fresh cherries and other red fruits, with a round and crispy palate, and soft tannins.

Viticulture

  • Dry, Low Intervention
  • Climate: Generally mountainous cold, with few rains
  • Soil: Loamy rock
  • Vine age: Planted in 1987
  • Altitude: 600m
  • Slope: 7-9%
  • Planting density: 4,500 plants / ha
  • Yield: 2kg / plant
  • Irrigation: None
  • Spraying: Hydrofertilization with copper and sulfur, twice a year
  • Harvesting: Manual (20lt crates)

Vinification

  • Maceration: Stainless steel (8 days)
  • Yeast: Indigenous (6-day wild fermentation)
  • Malolactic: Natural (completed)
  • Maturation: 3 months on its lees in stainless steel with periodic stirring
  • Clarification: –
  • Filtration: One crossflow filtration
  • Production: 70,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 13.30%
  • Acidity: 5.10 gr/l
  • RS: 1.70 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 97 mg/l
  • Certification: –
  • Bottle: 750ml

Bairaktaris is located in the largest winemaking region of Greece, Nemea, which has a PDO status thanks to the polydynamic and most planted red grape of Greece Agiorgitiko. This is a small, family run winery, practicing sustainable agriculture, with no use of chemicals. At least 80% of grapes come from the 15 ha of estate owned vineyards, most at 850m altitudes.

Nemea is the largest winemaking region of Greece, and home to the most planted red grape of Greece, the indigenous Agiorgitiko. It has a PDO status (PDO Nemea) for red wines of 100% Agiorgitiko. “Agiorgitiko” means “Saint George”, which was the old name of Nemea (“Agios Georgios”).

A city in the Peloponnese, in the south of Greece, Nemea has a rich winemaking history since ancient times, when it was called “Fliasion Pedion”. Nemea was also known for “Nemia”, one of the most famous athletic competition of ancient times, along with the Olympic games.

In Nemea, one can visit the ancient town of Nemea, the monastery of “Panagia Vrahou” which is built on the cliff of the nearby mountain, the numerous wineries, or celebrate the annual wine festival.