V Vostilidi

Vostilidi - Panos Sarris - Kefalonia, Ionian Islands - Natural wine - Eklektikon

A very idiosyncratic Vostilidi from grapes sourced from mountainous vineyards on the Ionian island of Kefalonia (Cephalonia), and spontaneously fermented and matured in a 2-ton Austrian oak barrel.

  • Grower: Panos Sarris
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Grapes: Vostilidi 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Slopes of Aenos
  • Alcohol: 13.20%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (not certified)
  • Vinification: Spontaneously fermented and aged in a neutral 2-ton Austrian oak barrel.
  • Notes: Very idiosyncratic on the nose with notes of fried shrimps and seaweed, and a layered and angular mouthfeel.

Viticulture

  • Organic (not certified)
  • Climate: Low Winter temperatures, normal rainfall, hot Summers, low humidity.
  • Soil: Limestone gravel
  • Vine age: – Coming soon –
  • Altitude: 600-700m
  • Slope: – Coming soon –
  • Planting density: – Coming soon –
  • Yield: – Coming soon –
  • Irrigation: None
  • Spraying: Copper and sulfur
  • Harvesting: Manually in plastic crates

Vinification

  • Pressing: Pneumatic Vaslin press, mild
  • Temperature Control: None (ambient temperatures)
  • Maceration: 1 day
  • Yeast: Ambient (spontaneous fermentation in neutral oak and stainless steel)
  • Malolactic: – Coming soon –
  • Maturation: 11 months in 2-ton neutral Austrian oak barrel
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 1,800 lt
  • Alcohol: 13.20%
  • Acidity: 6.85 gr/l
  • RS: – Coming soon –
  • Total sulfites: 87 mg/l
  • Certification: –
  • Bottle: 750ml

Panos Sarris is a young sommelier / winemaker, who took over his family’s old vineyards in Kefalonia island, and followed his ultimate passion; winemaking.

His vineyards in Avithos are planted with the historical and highly praised Robola grape, and sitting on poor limestone gravel, at an altitude of 800m. The vines are 40 years old and ungrafted.

Panos’ wines are wild fermented, unfiltered, and unfined, using foot stomping and various neutral oak barrels, to give his wines the raw maritime character that reflects the island of Kefalonia. Panos produces some of the crunchiest and most idiosyncratic wines we have tasted.

Kefalonia is the largest island of the Ionian sea. Famous for its exotic beaches and untouched nature, Kefalonia is the island where “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” was filmed, showing the world all its beauty. Kefalonia has an indented coastlines, made up of limestone cliffs, bays, and short strips of white sand. Some of its best known beaches are Myrtos, Fteri, Dafnoudi, and Kimilia. The caves of Melissani and Drogarati are also quite unique.

Kefalonia is a mountainous island, with a rugged topography and little arable land (less than 15%). It has a long history of winemaking, and is famous for the Robola grape, which is considered the ancestor of the Ribola Gialla grape found farther up North, across the Adriatic coast.