Karavitakis Kotsifali / Mandilaria 2021

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Aromas of ripe red fruits give way to flavours of plums and strawberries on the palate. The juicy fruit is ably supported by silky tannins leading into the fresh finish.

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£14.70 per bottle

RRP: £16.50 (save 11%)

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The grapes are sourced from vineyards planted on limestone and calcareous clay soils. The Kotsifali vines are twenty-four years old.

The Kotsifali grapes were fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel vessels. The Mandilaria grapes were destemmed, with 50% whole berries included. After a light pressing, the wine was blended and matured in stainless steel for a year.

 
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RRP £16.50
Vintage 2021
Alcoholic strength 13.5%
Country Greece
Region Crete
Grapes Kotsifali 65%, Mandilaria 35%
Body C
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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Karavitakis

Karavitakis is located in Chania on the west of the island of Crete, where the family have been growing grapes for over 80 years. The winery’s modern era began in 1998 when Manolis Karavitakis decided to overhaul his family’s estate and by lowering yields and introducing low-intervention agriculture he brought about dramatic improvements. Over the following 20 years this winery has become one of the leading lights of the Cretan wine scene. His son Nikos now heads up the operation, farming 60 hectares of vineyards across the island, with a focus on local varieties such as the peachy white Vidiano and the elegant and food-friendly red Kotsifali. This quality-led approach, combined with a desire to showcase the island’s native grapes, has created wines that have international appeal whilst still retaining their local colour.

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