Aeon Skin Contact

Aion skin contact - Freris Organic Vineyards - Syros, Cyclades, Aegean Sea, Greece - natural orange dry wine - - Eklektikon

Aeon (literally “century”, based on the grower’s one century of viticultural family history) is the unpolished, primal expression of the historical wines of Syros, and the island’s rugged and warm climate, using old Grecian techniques, like skin contact and partial sun drying for the production of dry wines.

  • Grower: Freris
  • Vintage: 2021
  • Type: Orange Dry Wine
  • Grapes: Roditis 70% / Serifiotiko 30%
  • Appellation: PGI Cyclades
  • Alcohol: 12.85%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic certified
  • Vinification: A week skin contact, with 2 days of sun drying for the Serifiotiko variety (reminiscent of ancient Greek wines), natural fermentation in the small, gravity-fed winery, bottled unfiltered ./ unfined with the addition of minuscule sulfites.
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Viticulture

  • Organic (Certified)
  • Climate: Dry climate, very low rainfalls, windy weather, morning humidity
  • Soil: More than 65% sand, pH 7
  • Vine age: Planted between 1981 and 2001
  • Altitude: Plain
  • Slope: 0%
  • Planting density: 300
  • Yield: 3 kg/plant
  • Irrigation: None
  • Spraying: Twice, with sulfur and copper
  • Harvesting: By hand, in small plastic crates

Vinification

  • Maceration: Yes, with skins (for about a week)
  • Pressing: Traditional wooden handmade press machine
  • Temperature Control: After pressing at 20°C. After the end of fermentation till the bottling at 12°C in inox tank
  • Yeast: Indigenous (7-10 days in inox tank)
  • Malolactic: Naturally completed
  • Maturation: For 4 months, over the fine lies, in 10 hl inox tank
  • Clarification: Natural (low temperature)
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 1250 lt
  • Alcohol: 12.85%
  • Acidity: 5.77 gr/l
  • RS: 1.00 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 30.0 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes
  • Bottle: 750ml

Markos Freris‘ family has a century of recorded history of vine growing, on the cosmopolitan island of Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands (hence Aeon = Century). Representing the fourth generation of this history, he took over the family’s vineyards planted with local varieties (Monemvasia, Serifiotiko, Mandilaria, Savatiano, Roditis) and in collaboration with veteran oenologist Kristie Manousou they vinify with indigenous yeasts, without filters, in their own winery, void of any pumps (exclusively gravity-powered). Markos’ wines are also the first natural and certified organic wines of Syros island.

Syros is the capital of the Cyclades and its most populous island. It is in the center of the Cycladic island cluster, and it looks like it is protected by all the other islands in the prefecture, giving meaning to the name “Cyclades”.

The island’s capital (and also the actual capital of all Cycladic islands), Ermoupoli, stands out from all other Cycladic towns for its neoclassical architecture and aristocratic character. Ermoupoli was founded by refugees from Chios, after their island’s destruction during the Greek Independence war (1821 – 1830), and rose to prominence during the 19th century as an important industrial, commercial and maritime center. Its name is an honor to Hermes, the God protector of commerce.

The rise of Ermoupoli into an important hub in the Eastern Mediterranean led to the creation of a powerful middle class, and the development of numerous monumental public and private buildings designed by famous architects, including the town hall and the Apollo theater.