Lilas Gray Skin Contact

Lilas Mochofilero, Roditis - Mitzifiris Organic Vineyards - Evia, Central Greece, Greece - natural orange red dry wine - Mochofilero, Roditis - Eklektikon

Lilas gray, taking its name from the nearby historical Lilas river, is a restoration of the battered Lilantine field (erosion from the ceramic industry and brutal ancient wars) and a return to production of beautifully expressive products. This wine is made with the maceration of two gray-skin varieties.

  • Grower: Mitzifiris
  • Vintage: 2021
  • Type: Orange Dry Wine
  • Grapes: Moschofilero 50% / Roditis 50%
  • Appellation: PGI Evia
  • Alcohol: 11.50%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic certified
  • Vinification: Straight forward natural vinification of organic Moschofilero and Roditis, with mild direct press after 6 days of maceration, in stainless steel tank, with zero additives, except for some sulfuring upon harvest and after malolactic completion
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Viticulture

  • Organic Certified
  • Climate: Mediterranean climate with mild winters and cool sunny summers
  • Soil: Sandy well-drained clay soil
  • Vine age: Planted in 1995
  • Altitude: Plain
  • Slope: 5%
  • Planting density: 1.1 x 2.1 meters
  • Yield: 1.1 kg/plant
  • Irrigation: Watering twice a year, with micro-drip system
  • Spraying: Spraying twice a year,with sulfur and copper
  • Harvesting: Manually in plastic crates

Vinification

  • Maceration: Storing the skins in stainless steel tank for 144 hours
  • Pressing: Pneumatic
  • Temperature Control: Cold extraction for 48 hours at 12°C, beginning with skin fermentation/contact at 19-21°C, extraction from skins and continuing on with fermentation at 22-24°C
  • Yeast: Native (spontaneous fermentation for 20 days in stainless steel)
  • Malolactic: Naturally completed
  • Maturation: 4 months in 1 ton stainless steel tank
  • Clarification: Natural
  • Filtration: Mild filtration with plate filter before bottling
  • Production: 1000 lt
  • Alcohol: 11.50%
  • Acidity: 5.50 gr/l
  • RS: 1.80 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 42.0 mg/l
  • Certification: Organic grapes
  • Bottle: 750ml

Nikos Mitzifiris is a third generation vigneron / winemaker and is located inside the historical Lilandian plain, which hosted the first civil war of ancient Greece, between the local powers of Chalcis and Eretria, and their allies. Certified organic for more than 20 years, he has always been vinifying without additives, and commercial yeast never set foot on his winery. The local reddish variety Vradiano (the night grape) is of particular interest and is rarely seen outside of the small enclave around Chalcis and Evia.

Evia, the second largest island of Greece and the third in the eastern Mediterranean, is located close to the Prefecture of Attica. However, it has a somewhat mainland character, since two bridges – the modern, suspended one and the older, sliding one – link it to mainland Greece, called “Sterea Ellada”.

Only 80 km away from Athens, the city of the sacred fountain of Arethousa is the main gate to the island of Evia. Thanks to its strategic geographic position, the city has remained a crossroad of cultures and ideas over the centuries, an apple of discord for many foreign conquerors.

Eretria was a dominant maritime, commercial and agricultural power which established colonies in the Aegean region and in Southern Italy. The ancient city’s ruins include its impressive theater (5th century B.C), the temples of Dafniforos Apollo, Dionysus, Dimitra and Isida, and the “mosaic house” (370 B.C.) with mosaic floors dating back to 4th century B.C.