Georgas Family Kokkineli - Ancestral method - Pet Nat - Merlot Savatiano - Attica, Greece - Natural, organic, biodynamic wine - Eklektikon

From Georgas’ series of ancestral method sparkling wines of local Athenian tradition, Kokkineli is the word for “light red”.

  • Grower: Georgas Family
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Grapes: Merlot 80% / Savatiano 10%
  • Appellation: PGI Attica
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Biodynamic (certified organic)
  • Vinification: Spontaneously fermented in stainless steel, with a second fermentation in the bottle with the addition of grape must, and a few sulfites added at bottling.
  • Notes: Dark cherry and small fruits, rose pedals.

Viticulture

  • Biodynamic (organic certified)
  • Climate: Dry, arid, Mediterranean, with mild Winters, hot Summers, and sea breeze
  • Soil: Marls on limestone
  • Vine age: Planted in 1991
  • Altitude: 100m
  • Slope: 4%
  • Planting density: 3,200 plants / ha
  • Yield: 1.5kg / plant
  • Irrigation: Drip irrigation once during July / August
  • Spraying: Biodynamic preparation (500, 501), sulfur dusting (3 times a year), copper spraying (once)
  • Harvesting: Hand picking

Vinification

  • Maceration: Stainless steel (3 days of skin contact)
  • Press: Mild pneumatic for 3 hours
  • Yeast: Indigenous – spontaneous fermentation, with a second fermentation in the bottle initiated with grape must addition
  • Temperature Control: Yes, during fermentation
  • Malolactic: Natural (completed in the bottle)
  • Maturation: 2 months in stainless steel, and 2 months in the bottle
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: Only racking to remove lees
  • Production: 1000 lt
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Acidity: 5.10 gr/l
  • VA: 52 mg/l
  • RS: 2 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 55 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic Grapes, Vegan
  • Bottle: 750ml

The Georgas Family is located in the historical area of Spata, the center of retsina and the unexplored Savatiano white grape, where they can trace their agriculture roots 380 years back. They cultivate their 4.5 ha of estate owned dryvineyards biodynamically, with very low yields (21 hectoliters / ha). Vinification is natural, through spontaneous fermentation, no intervention, no sulphur (for most wines), and up to a week of skin contact, which gives their wines a characteristic bronze color.

Spata is a suburb outside of Athens, the capital of Greece. Spata is known for its long tradition around wine growing and the retsina wine. It is also known for its close proximity to the largest airport of Greece, Eleftherios Venizelos.

Athens, is the capital and largest city of Greece. It is also one of the oldest cities in the world, with an immense historical and cultural importance. It is considered the cradle of western civilization, giving birth to ideas and sciences, such as democracy, philosophy, and theater. One can admire many monuments of the ancient and more recent glory of Athens, such as the Parthenon, the Syntagma square, the National Museum of Archaeology, the ancient area of Plaka, and more.