Dry Red Wine
PROTECTED GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION SLOPES OF PAIKO
P.G.I SLOPES OF PAIKO VALTARA
Vine Grower: Valtaras Alexandros
Average age of vines: 20 Years
Varieties: Merlot (50%) – Cabernet sauvignon (50%)
Yield: 11.200 Kgr/ha
Certification Quantity: 18.75hl
One of the most popular varieties worldwide. Relatively young variety, derived from a cross between an old French variety and the Cabernet Franc variety. In the region of Goumenissa it gives wines of high alcohol content with a soft taste and aromas of black fruits. Of the 15,000 hectares of the Greek Vineyard, about half are cultivated in northern Greece with Thessaloniki and Halkidiki being the regions with the largest areas.
The King of red wines. Much has been written about its origin. Most likely the variety comes from a cross between cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. The variety is renowned for its ability to produce quality wines that can be aged. Deep colour with aromas of black fruits and spices are the dominant characteristics of the wine. In the Greek vineyard, 20,000 hectares are cultivated, with Fthiotida and Messinia hosting the largest areas with 1,550 and 1,300 hectares respectively.
The maceration and alcoholic fermentation take about 20 days, followed by malolactic fermentation and then ageing in the lees, gaining in structure and body. Aging: 6 months in bottle before release on the market.
A bouquet that is both subtle and generous. Aromas of red and black fruits blend harmoniously with notes of tomato, subtle minerality and herbaceousness. Generous and creamy mouthfeel, beautifully balanced with its crisp acidity.
Served at 16-18⁰C and paired with game, poultry, red and white meats (grilled and cooked in wine-based sauces) and aged cheeses.