Sun white

Sun white shows the character of the indigenous Malagousia grape in all its purity, in a natural vinification which gives an elegantly floral nose and a very delicate and multi-layered palate.

  • Grower: Kontozisis Organic Vineyards
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Malagousia 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Karditsa
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: Pre-fermentation cold extraction at 7-10C takes place for 22 hours, and extraction is with no press. After fermentation with wild yeast, the wine rests on its lees for 6 months and then cold stabilized. It is bottled unfiltered with a few sulfites.
  • Notes: Bright yellow-green color, with an aromatic bouquet of floral notes, herbs like sage, white-flesh fruits, and mellon, and a pleasant aromatic palate with flowers and citrus, characterized by its perfect balance between its acidity and oily-texture.

Viticulture

  • Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Humid microclimate
  • Soil: Shallow to moderately deep soil on gentle slopes facing east, low in  
organic matter and calcium carbonate, require frequent irrigation  
during the warmest periods.
  • Vine age: Planted between 1991 and 2000
  • Altitude: 200-250m
  • Slope: Subtle slopes
  • Planting density: 4,000 plants / ha
  • Yield: 1-1.5kg / plant
  • Irrigation: In the Summer
  • Spraying: Minimal copper, sulfur dusting
  • Harvesting: Manual

Vinification

  • Maceration: Stainless steel
  • Yeast: Indigenous (wild fermentation)
  • Malolactic: Prevented (Temperature control)
  • Maturation: 5 months on its lees in stainless steel tank, with periodic stirring
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 1,500 lt
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Acidity: 5.40 gr/l
  • RS: 2.30 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 79 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes
  • 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.