Old Monolithos – PDO Nemea

Old Monolithos is the traditional expression of the most planted red grape of Greece, the indigenous Agiorgitiko, from high altitude and low intervention grapes, from a single vineyard with old vines, and aged in new oak.

  • Grower: Bairaktaris
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Grapes: Agiorgitiko 100%
  • Appellation: PDO Nemea
  • Alcohol: 14.20%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Dry, Low intervention
  • Vinification: Stainless steel wild fermented, with 12 months in new French oak barrels of 225lt
  • Notes: Ruby red color, mature red fruits, truffle, cherries, and chocolate on the nose, with a medium body and acidity, velvety tannins, and a long aftertaste.

Viticulture

  • Dry, Low Intervention
  • Climate: Generally mountainous cold, with few rains
  • Soil:¬†Loamy rocky, rich in minerals
  • Vine age: Planted in 1972
  • Altitude: 800m
  • Slope: 10%
  • Planting density: 5,000 plants / ha
  • Yield: 1,5kg / plant
  • Irrigation: None
  • Spraying: Hydrofertilization with copper and sulfur, twice a year
  • Harvesting: Manual (20lt crates)

Vinification

  • Maceration: Stainless steel (18 days)
  • Yeast: Indigenous (10-day wild fermentation)
  • Malolactic: Natural (completed in barrels)
  • Maturation: 12 months in new French oak barrels (225lt)
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 30,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 13.30%
  • Acidity: 5.20 gr/l
  • RS: 1.50 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 99 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.