Sun Rosé Xinomavro

Sun rosé Xinomavro - Kontozisis Organic Vineyards - Karditsa, Thessaly, Greece - natural rosé wine - Xinomavro - Eklektikon

Sun rosé Xinomavro comes from the mountainous vineyards of Karditsa, in ideal conditions for the variety to express its polydynamic character.

  • Grower: Kontozisis Organic Vineyards
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Grapes: Xinomavro 100%
  • Appellation: PGI Karditsa
  • Alcohol: 13.50%
  • Bottle: 750ml
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: Wild fermentation in stainless steel with no press and mild temperature control, bottled with minimum sulfites.
  • Notes: Fresh bramble fruits, refreshing acidity, playful texture.

Viticulture

  • Organic (certified)
  • Climate: Vineyards on flat topography, with humid microclimate.
  • Soil: Moderately 
deep sandy-loamy soils with low organic matter and neutral pH. 
Average water reserves, suitable for dry land farming.
  • Vine age: Planted in 2000
  • Altitude: 200-250m
  • Slope: Semi-flat
  • Planting density: 4,000 plants / ha
  • Yield: 1-1.5kg / plant
  • Irrigation: Drip
  • Spraying: Minimal copper, sulfur dusting
  • Harvesting: Manual

Vinification

  • Maceration: Stainless steel (20 hours)
  • Press: None
  • Yeast: Indigenous (wild fermentation with 18 days duration in stainless steel)
  • Temperature Control: None
  • Malolactic: None (Naturally, due to low magic acid)
  • Maturation: 6 months on its lees with periodic stirring, in stainless steel
  • Clarification: None
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 2,000 lt
  • Alcohol: 13.50%
  • Acidity: 5.40 gr/l
  • RS: 2 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 4 ppm
  • 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.