Xynisteri Skin Contact

Viticulturist:Ektoras Tsiakkas

Oenologist:Kostas Ntanos & Orestis Tsiakkas

Varietal Composition:Xynisteri 100%

Vineyard Altitude:800m & 1200m

Mesoclimate:60 year old vines in goblet shape at 800m altitude protects the fruit and promote slow ripeness. High temperatures during the day up to 37 degrees Celsius. At 1200m, High Diurnal shift due to the high altitude. VSP trellis allows good exposure for fruit maturation. All vineyards are terraces.

Harvest:October

Grafting:Ungrafted vines – No Phylloxera

Soil Type:Sandy Volcanic

Trellis System:Goblet & VSP

Vineyard Area:Agios Mamas & Ayios Ioannis

Organic Farming:Yes

Organic Certification:No

Vinification method:Handpicked grapes open top oak barrels (300L) fermentation, 40 days skin contact, natural fermentation, regular punch downs, feet and hand pressed, no oenological additives.

Oak ageing:No

Aromas:Mature bergamot and quinces are prevalent on the nose. Hints of white flowers and orange peel. Full body in the mouth with firm tannin structure. Lasting aftertaste.

Pairs With:Fish, Fried calamari, Curry food, Pork, Hard Cheeses, Chacuterie

Serving Temperature:12 Degrees Celsius

Ageing Potential:4-6 years

Production Volume:1300 bottles

Chemical Analysis:Alcohol: 15.17%
Acidity: 60.7 meq/L
Reducing Sugars: 2.4 g/L

Interesting Facts:This is the most widely planted white variety on the island. It has only now started to show its true potential. Evident to this, is its high versatility as a vine and a wine. Planted between 300m- 1490m in altitude. Tsiakkas winery produces 6 different expressions of this variety (Xynisteri, Pitsilia AOC, Rose (Blended), Orange, Commandaria and Zivania (Spirit).

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