Domaine Foivos Nautilus White Aged Under Water, Kefalonia 2020


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A bone-dry and intriguing wine with a heady mix of iodine, peaty aromas, exotic fresh fruit, melon and dried pear. Mouth-wateringly fresh on the palate with plenty of tension on the long finish.

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The grapes come from 80 year old pre-phylloxera vines that are on their own indigenous roots, in a vineyard located in the hilly Vatsa area of the Paliki Peninsula of Kefalonia. The Vatsa area is located in the the PGI Mantzavinata zone, which was created in 1996. The vineyard sits at 200 metres above sea level. The Mediterranean climate is influenced by the sea which is just 800 metres from the vineyard. The vines benefit from the ripening sun and frequent winds; these cooling ocean breezes protect the vines from the high temperatures and ventilate the vineyard, reducing the risk of disease. The result is fruit with concentrated flavours balanced by natural acidity. The old vines have adapted to the environment, they have become resistant to disease and are cultivated sustainably with minimal intervention. Grown in limestone soils from the Homeric era, the vines are dry farmed as the moisture from the sea provides permanent soil humidity, nourishing the vines throughout the hot summers. Two thirds of the vines are bush vines.

Vinified following a philosophy of minimal intervention. A cool pre-fermentation maceration lasted for eight to 10 hours to extract aromas and flavours. The free run musts and pressed musts were fermented separately with wild yeasts at controlled temperatures before spending one month on the fine lees with periodical stirring to impart texture and complexity. The wine was gently filtered prior to being bottled. The bottle was then submerged under fresh water in special tanks in the winery. This new method of maturation promotes constant temperatures, darkness and lack of oxygen, resulting in an aromatic wine, with a pure fruit character.

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RRP £15.75
Vintage 2020
Alcoholic strength 12.5%
Awards 91 Pts, Robert Parker, 2019; 16.5 Pts, Jancis Robinson, 2019
Country Greece
Region Kefalonia
Subregion Mantzavinata
Grapes Muscat 30%, Muscatel 30%, Tsaousi 20%, Vostilidi 20%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Nomacorc
Domaine Foivos

The Foivos winery evolved from the historic Mantzavino winery, one of the oldest in Greece. The winery was bought in 1996, and in 1999 Theodorous Orkopoulos produced his first vintages. The winery specialises in rare Greek varieties as well as the better known Robola. The grapes are farmed organically and biodynamically, and Foivos also explores alternative winemaking practices such as fermentation in Amphora and ageing under water. This winery is making some excellent terroir-driven wines that rank among some of Greece’s finest. Many people believe Kefalonia to be the next Santorini: watch this space!

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