Retsina of Mesogia (P.G.I)
Savatiano 75%, Roditis 25%
|Soil:||Clayey sand (SC), Slightly alkaline|
This classic retsina from Aoton Winery is made from a blend of Savatiano and Roditis, harvested from Aoton's organic vineyards of 1,65 hectares at Gonetses-Markopoulo and
Gropeza-Peania. The 30-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 concentrated in stainless steel tanks for skin contact, and stay there, with the help of refrigeration, for approximately 10 days, in order to start the alcoholic fermentation, by the indigenous, wild yeasts found on the fruit and in the vineyard. During this period, every 24 hours, 10% of the fermented grape must is collected from the bottom of the tank and transferred to the fermentation tank, and 10% of the freshly harvested grapes are added to the top of the tank. 0,5g/L of hand-collected Aleppo Pine Resin is added during fermentation. The resin is dissolved during fermentation and gives the characteristic retsina flavour to the wine. After the end of the fermentation, the fresh wine remains for 10 months with the fine lees.
This expertly made Retsina has stone fruit, spices, and lemon peel on the nose, and comes with a distinct but perfectly balanced pine flavor from the added resin. A masterpiece of its type.
Drink it by itself, or pair with fish and seafood, spicy and spiced dishes, or enjoy it on your Christmas table, where the pine notes will feel right at home.