2016 harvest provides a balanced wine from high quality Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. Intense aromas of rose petals, peach, apricot and lychee, are overlaid with notes of vanilla and tobacco from chardonnay’s 8 months maturation in oak, balance with the crunchy acidity in a great combination of these varieties.
Chardonnay 60%, Gewurztraminer 40%
50% of the Chardonnay age for 8 months in new French oak barriques.
Selected blocks of the Samaropetra, Palpo and Droumo vineyards
Grilled fish, sea food, green salads, grilled vegetables, pasta in white sauce, sea food pasta, grilled chicken, green curry chicken, braised pork in white sauce.
The vineyard covers a total area of 13.3 acres and belongs to the viticultural zone of Agios Panteleimon in Florina in Northwestern Greece at an altitude of 600 meters. The vineyard's mean yield does not exceed 40 hl/he. The soil is sandy and poor, thus offering the possibility of producing wines of exquisite quality and rich aromas. The microclimate of the region is characterised by cold winters and warm summers, while the four neighbouring lakes contribute to the existence of a mild continental climate. It is these four lakes that give their name to this wine!
Both the Chardonnay and the Gewürztraminer are cold soaked in order to maximize the extraction of aroma precursors into the must. 50% of the Chardonnay ferments in 225-liter, new French oak barriques, where it will stay for another 8 months for maturation. During all this time, the wine is stirred on its lees, gaining volume, complexity and an oily texture. The rest of the wine ferments in stainless steel tanks and is stirred on fine lees for months until the final blending. Part of the Chardonnay undergoes malolactic fermentation in the barrel, which gives the wine a softer acidity, and a buttery, nutty character.