Aoton Lola Retsina
Mandilaria 70%, Savatiano 15%
|Soil||Clayey sand (SC), Slightly alkaline|
This dry rosé style retsina from Aoton Winery is made from a blend of Madilaria, Cabernet Sauvignon and Savatiano, harvested from Aoton's organic vineyards of 1,7 hectares at Lialioukou, Pousiledi and Fylakio, located in Peania. The 25-year-old vines grow in soil made up of slightly alkaline clayey sand and are subject to the temperate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters.
The grapes are hand-picked at night and carried to storage before sunrise, to maintain their freshness and low temperature. They are then pressed and collected in a basket press, where they are subjected to the natural indigenous wild yeasts on the fruit. During fermentation, 0.4 g/L of hand-collected Aleppo pine resin is added. The resin is dissolved during the fermentation, offering the characteristic retsina flavour to the wine. After fermentation has ended, the wine remains on the fine lees for an additional 8 months.
The mix of styles that goes into this wine matches perfectly. Rosé and retsina coming together. Contains notes of sweet cherries, spices and lemon peel, as well as the Retsinas characteristic pine flavor.
Pair with subtle Asian flavours, noodles, seafood and savoury/sweet dishes.